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Controversial columnist plays controversial race card after Tim Thomas controversy

Jan 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

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Good ol’ dependable Jack Todd. You knew somebody had to do it, and Todd was as likely a candidate as any. Yep, the Montreal Gazette’s plucky columnist finally did today what’s only been hinted at by those in media (and it was just a joke!) after Boston goalie Tim Thomas skipped a team visit to the White House last week – he played the race card.

Look, if this cretin wants to stand outside the White House and spew his drivel, that’s free speech. But standing up the president? All that does is show that Thomas has the class of a swamp-rat.

What’s worse, you know Thomas would not have done this with the liberal Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House. Truth is, he felt free to dis Barack Obama, because Obama is black.

Now, normally we’d frown upon ostensibly calling someone a racist without providing any supporting evidence, other than the fact the guy whose policies he was protesting is black. But in fairness to Todd, people rarely disagree when it comes to politics, so we can see why he was suspicious.

  1. sharksfan754 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I feel like this Tim Thomas story is a lot like jason from Friday the 13th. Just when you think it’s dead it makes another appearance

    • stefano9319 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      People should just drop this subject alrea

    • bigkniht37 - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      hmm jason from friday the 13th…and jason brough beating a dead horse. seems like thats all this guy is good for on this website, how about we get someone with some original thinking here PHT?

      • Jason Brough - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM

        I resent that. I’m also good for rampant trade speculation.

  2. pensswag91 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    This story has as much merit as those speaking of Crosby’s impending retirement… or Newt Gingrich’s moon base…

  3. tmjm621 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    I do think it was race related but it is getting old. I jus wanna here the truth from him and then jus be done with it.

    • pensswag91 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      No explanation needed. He disagrees with how Obama is running the country, and therefore declined his invitation. No big deal.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      tmjm621- i happen to feel excatly the same way as Thomas, and i voted FOR obama.
      whatcha think of that smart guy?

  4. acieu - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    How did the racist goalie from Boston play today.

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    if you ask me, the true racist in this is Jack Todd…fucking dumbass their is always one asshole that has to divided this country even more,and to throw out the race card is sad and makes this guy classless more then anyone is a joke..just like the whole media circus this thing has become.

    • trbowman - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM


  6. t16rich - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Nice article PHT. This has to be sarcasm and PHT are just acknowledging Jack’s stupid mind. That last line made me laugh.

  7. trbowman - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    This dumbass Jack Todd gets paid to write columns?

  8. Ralphie - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    He really is a deserter.

    You can always drop him an email with your opinion.

  9. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Jack Todd Is using this as a way to get his dumb name out there. What a jackass he is. Thomas deserves better than this. If Thomas were anything but a white man this whole bonanza would have never happened. Nobody would even blink an eye; rather embrace it. Political correctness is poison.

  10. ikillchicken - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I think Tomas is a complete moron but this kind of thing is equally idiotic. Nothing he has actually said or done indicates that this was racially motivated. People immediately playing the race card the moment anyone has an issue with Obama really just serves to ruin the credibility of all the genuine criticisms of guys like Tomas.

  11. Brian - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Well, there go the last vestiges of respect I had for Jack Todd’s work. That guy’s been something else this season. What a year for the Gazette too, eh? First that idiot Pat Hickey goes off on Theo Fleury for being a child abuse victim and now this.

  12. farvefromover - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Jack Todd smokes the black hog

  13. nhlbruins90 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Jack Todd seems to be a desperate attention whore. But at this point, the story has played out to the point of exhaustion. Another post on this topic, and I think we’ll have to call PHT whorish as well. Enough already.

  14. Josh. - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Curious, Jason: Who would be the other top candidates in the media to have broken this out first?

    • taytay099 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Seems like anyone to disagree with the President is quickly called a racist by someone. In this case it took a little longer I guess. I’m mostly basing this by what I see on late night talk shows like Daily Show so I could be completely wrong.

  15. eagles512 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Todd is an idiot. I wouldn’t have done what Thomas did but it’s his right. And if someone did it to Bush, some of the same people ripping Thomas was applaud.

    • farvefromover - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      Boom goes the dynamite. You couldn’t be more correct.

  16. charlutes - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Old news buddy, where were you a week ago?

  17. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    get this commie out of the u.s. already

  18. ndrdog - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I am shocked, just shocked, that all of you 1st amendment experts who have spent so much time defending T-TT-TIMMY but when someone else (heck, anyone else) uses their 1st amendment rights you all cry foul. Jack Todd is an opinion writer. Do any of you understand the term opinion. T-TT-TIMMY is a follower and believer in former TV host, former radio host, I don’t know what street corner he lives on now, Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck has stated – “This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture….I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.” and “So here you have Barack Obama going in and spending the money on embryonic stem cell research. … Eugenics. In case you don’t know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race! A perfect person. … The stuff that we are facing is absolutely frightening.” among other things.

    Personally, I think that Mr. Todd is making a bit of a leap in assuming that Glenn Beck’s ignorance automatically transfers to T-TT-TIMMY but I do understand the logic in making that leap. When I read the complete article as it was written it really fits the piece and, I believe may have been an attempt at hyperbole which has been selectively clipped and used to sensationalize.

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