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Watch Tim Thomas stonewall reporters, plead the fifth

Feb 10, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

If you were wondering how uncomfortable things got between reporters and Tim Thomas in the wake of his latest Facebook posting, here’s what it looked like:

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Personally, I cannot wait until DJ Steve Porter auto-tunes the living daylights out of this thing.

  1. drewsylvania - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Doesn’t this violate Article 2 of the Commenter’s Guide to NBC?

    ” Making the same dumb comments over and over.”

    Oh wait, that only applies to visitors. I forgot.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      I noticed you’ve paid attention to the ruling and refrained from the usual “troll!” shout. Well played, Drew. Well played indeed.

      • solador78 - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        As much as we “love” the [new format]…

        Bring back the Kurtenblog!

    • govtminion - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      And yet here you are reading it. Funny.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Just pointing out the usual double-standard and pandering that goes on here.

  2. laurely515 - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    How can he claim that something is his personal life when he’s posting it on a public forum? It’s not even a personal page, it’s his public fan page.

  3. gekkoguy82 - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    While initially supporting him in the whole White House fiasco, I think this is getting really ridiculous. He either needs to stop making the comments he’s making, or face the music and answer the tough questions people are asking him. It’s just getting silly, and it makes him look horrible. If he’d simply talk to people, there’s a possibility it’d become much less of an issue. I don’t know, maybe not, but it couldn’t hurt. It certainly doesn’t help the Bruins, no matter how many public statements supporting him as a player.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      That’s all I’ve asked from the start.

      He doesn’t even have to do it in the locker room interviews since he could have easily setup something after releasing his statement. He surely would have known he’d get questions on it since he obviously did after the White House snub.

      If he’s not prepared to do anything other than release a non-specific statement that is meant to create a response, then he should keep it to himself – or at least his personal FB page rather than his fan FB page. Share it with his friends, speak with his local representative, talk about it in confession, do anything but put it out there for everyone to read (on a page where the majority of people subscribed are – you guessed it – fans of his hockey play) if you don’t want to get asked about it.

  4. salmon90 - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    what’s hackey?

    • hank10 - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      You know. Hackey-sack.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:58 AM

      Hackey is his jahb.

  5. guinsrule - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    It’s puzzling that that so many people care about the views of a guy, who straps on a mask and lets people shoot frozen chunks of rubber at him, for a living. However he’s right about what he posted. The people who claim “separation of church and state” to keep religious displays off of government property are being hypocrtical to use government regulations force religious institutions to do something that’s against their basic principles.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Well, that’s the point isn’t it. The Catholic Church doesn’t have to be in the business of providing health insurance to their employees (some of whom aren’t Catholic) if they disagree with the options a health insurance provider should make available. They could stick to the religion part of it and let someone who does health insurance as their business provide it for their employees, as most employers do.

      It goes both ways about being hypocritical since no one is telling them they can’t counsel their followers to not use it as against their religion, even when many of their followers have used or still use contraception in spite of that.

      As far as Thomas, I’m trying not to get drawn into this again when I’ve already clearly outlined my position in the other articles about him on PHT, but if he wants to share his views as a public person who has a lot of fans, then people will want to ask him questions on what would apparently be something he feels strongly about.

    • east96st - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Yet, they have no qualms accepting government funds and paying absolutely no taxes at all. Take my money, play by the rules. Use your own money, make your own rules. If they feel that the government regulations are so onerous – interesting they didn’t complain ONCE and followed the SAME rules to the letter when 23 out of the 50 states asked them to do the exact same thing – refuse government funds. Make a clean break and become a full religious organization. Pretty simple concept, really. Surprised that so many people have trouble grasping it.

  6. elvispocomo - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Most jobs kinda hate it when your personal life interferes with your work performance. Just sayin’…

    One could argue the interviews are a part of his job, but we’ll see how he responds on the ice. The Bruins had already been slumping a little since the White House snub, so keep an eye on them in the standings.

  7. xxshookonexx - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    2nd verse….same as the first

    • solador78 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Nice one…

      Special favors come in 31 flavors
      Were out of mints
      Pass the life savers
      I’m droppin hints
      Candy for candy-coated tongue

  8. bigtganks - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    He’s not smart enough to elaborate. It’s easy to tell and not a knock. He reads up, understands an issue a certain way which we all do, but it’d be much like us going to a political debate. After the second question, we’re in over our heads, regardless of how passionate we may be about a series of topics.

    So he doesn’t know what to say other than what fits within 140 characters or a facebook post.

    He’s a keyboard warrior. A famous one at that, but still a keyboard warrior.

  9. goalieguy37 - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Facebook is a public web site. have you seen the social network? zuckerburg won legal cases based on this argument.
    if you want your private life comments not to be questioned, and make the team dynamic suffer from it, perhaps not using such a public forum to make statements like this is advisable….

  10. kotteintheslot - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I don’t care what he posts on facebook, I don’t care if he doesn’t talk to reporters, I don’t care about this article. Timmy, play hockey. PHT, talk about hockey.

  11. hockinj25 - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I understand what he saying about his personal life but nothing you put on the internet, especially facebook, is part of your private life anymore.

  12. t16rich - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    TSN, NBC, CBC, SportsNet and Tim Thomas should all get together for a press conference and bury this Tim Thomas topic for good. He’s a political lone wolf, we get it. Lets all shut the F up about it.

  13. mjf63 - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Too bad Tim’s mom didn’t use contraception, my Flyers probably would have made it further into the SCP’s last year.
    All kidding aside, Tim, friend, the second you made that comment and hit the “post” button. YOU made it an issue. And now you and your teammates (who are now cursing you and your big mouth)will now be paying for that comment until the Bruins get eliminated from the playoffs. Hockey players play hockey and try to win championships. Not run for public office. At least not now. Don’t b***h and moan about the reporters, Tim, they are just doing their job. You do yours, stop pucks from going into the net. OK?

    • kendog1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      You are truly a moron

  14. sabatimus - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I may have to un-“Like” Thomas’ page. He said he was going to make one and only one comment about his not going to the White House. I suppose, technically, he did. But now his page has become his own political podium, and I’d rather he kept his mouth shut and played hockey. I find his status updates annoying (even if a lot of it is factually correct), especially given that he’s a Glen Beck fanboy.

  15. kendog1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Awesome job Timmy! You totally kept your cool while those jack-asses kept asking the same stupid question. I would have lost it and let them have it. Just being a reporter doesn’t give one the right to demand an answer about anything he wants. Good for you Tim, much respect.

  16. dallasstars9 - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Reporters are douche-bags.

  17. donfocker89 - Feb 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I thought this video was just stuck on a loop for the first half of it. Turns out reporters just kept asking the same thing. We dont hear what they ask, but I like to make a game out of it and guess what they were asking.

    Reporter: “So Tim, were you rooting for the Patriots?”
    Tim: “I’d say thats my personal life and has nothing to do with the Bruins or hockey.”

    Reporter: “Do you think Gisele was out of line blaming the receivers?”
    Tim: “…………..I plead the fifth”

  18. charbish - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    yay timmy! you go guy. Reporters inject their opinions into their work ALL THE TIME so they have difficulty understanding the concept of WORK IS WORK and PERSONAL IS PERSONAL.

    Of course, when it comes to Barak, they are more than happy to draw lines like that……been doing it for the left since JFK. No, wait. Since FDR…….

    Hockey guys, can we just ask Tim about hockey?

    • laurely515 - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      I think that your post made my brain melt a little. It’s mindblowingly asinine to even suggest that the media has drawn a line between the work lives and personal lives of democrat Presidents. I guess while living in this little persecuted bubble you missed all of the questions about whether Obama is a secret Muslim, whether his wife hates America, why the birth certificate he released years ago wasn’t good enough, completely unfounded allegations that Obama undeservedly got into Columbia and Harvard Law as a result of affirmative action, and the overblown controversy about his pastor. And then there were the last two or three years of Clinton’s Presidency, which couldn’t be a better example of blurred lines between a politician’s work and personal lives.

      I’m not saying the same hasn’t been true of Republican politicians too, just that you need to take off the partisan blinders, end whatever political martyrdom complex you’ve wrapped yourself in, and just maybe experiment a little with critical thinking.

  19. b1unt3d - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    What a puss!

  20. evilresident1 - Feb 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Tims only mistake was referring to something he posted on facebook as being “private”, however, I believe what he meant to say is that he is not obligated to having to explain his personal opinions to anyone he does not want to. Facebook is facebook, and I’m certain he was well aware that everyone on his friends list would be able to read what he posted.

    Unfortunately, someone on his list decided to go public with something he was willing to share with those on his friends list NOT the public. That is unfortunate, and he should have known better, BUT, he is right about not having to explain anything to anyone who is not on his list (the general public), namely the press. Truth is; it is the press who made a mess of all this, not Tim Thomas.

    Blaming him, is unwarranted, and just plain wrong. He is a good man, and I like him even more for standing up for what he believes in (eg. snubbing the white house). “The Government is out of control”. Yes, it is, but I’ll not get into that as it is not a part of this particular article.

    I’m in Tims corner all-the-way!

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