"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." – Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, on his Facebook page, January 23, 2012.
Where was all this indignation from Thomas when things in this country were more screwed up two years ago? He would have made a more credible partisan, anti-government statement if he had sat out the 2010 Winter Olympics instead of skipping out on the Bruins’ celebration at the White House. With the exception of a few petulant Pittsburgh Steelers a few seasons ago, athletes always attend events at the White House honoring them regardless if they agreed with the President’s politics or not. Even Scott Niedermayer, who from all accounts is on the other side of the world in political ideology from Thomas, attended the White House ceremony when President George W. Bush honored the Anaheim Ducks.
Today’s actions weren’t about Tim Thomas, the free citizen. They were about Tim Thomas putting himself above the team, disrespecting the current President of the United States in a way only petty, spoiled athletes in other sports do and embarrassing the NHL.