Tim Thomas Skips White House Visit
Tim Thomas had a dream season in 2010-2011 helping the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years while earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and the Vezina as the NHL’s top goaltender during the regular season. Thomas is also a big reason why the Bruins are in position to repeat as Cup Champs this season.
This week however when his Bruins teammates visited President Barack Obama at the White House in the traditional championship visit to the White House, the Bruins All Star goalie chose to skip the visit without any explanation to anyone including the Bruins front office. Most athletes consider this visit an Honour and have it circled on their calendar. Not Thomas, however, who chose not to attend even though the Bruins were in town to face the Washington Capitals the following day.
Tim Thomas later posted the following statement on his official Facebook page as to why he chose not to visit the White House with his teammates.
“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."
The Bruins have since decided not to impose discipline on their goalie for skipping such an important team activity.
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