Monday, January 23, 2012

UPDATE WITH STATEMENT - Hockey And Politics: Tim Thomas Refuses To Join The Boston Bruins For White House Celebration

(Photo via mobyrebuttal.blogspot.com)
Tim Thomas, the Conn Smythe trophy winner for the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, declined the White House's invitation to celebrate their accomplishment. Thomas is a known Tea Party supporter and we can only assume that this was the reason why he didn't show up. I don't agree with what Whyshynski wrote, but I will reserve my full comment until Thomas releases his statement on Facebook NHL.com.

My initial feeling is that this is a classless move by the Bruins goal tender. A visit to the White House is an honour and not an opportunity for grandstanding. Politics and pucks don't belong together.

UPDATE WITH TIM THOMAS' STATEMENT REGARDING BOYCOTTING THE BOSTON BRUINS' WHITE HOUSE VISIT

Via NHL.com:

"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"

There you have it. Thomas isn't against the the Democratic White House, he's pissed at the whole system! I don't dive into American politics at all on P&B. Always time for a first time, no? TT has a point. The partisan bickering in Congress and the Senate has brought nothing to the American people. With that said, was it wrong that Thomas dropped this comment on the US Government's current state? As he expressed, he's a Free Citizen and has a right to an opinion or a statement. What he doesn't have a right to do is hijack the Boston Bruins' day in the national spotlight with his posturing. There is a time and place to make your voice heard. Doing it at the expense of your team and team mates is, as I said before, classless. Hockey doesn't get the exposure it deserves in the US. The NHL and the Bruins got unwanted attention thanks to Tim the Goalie's need to make a political point on hockey's celebration day at the White House

-Paqman

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