Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tim Thomas Gets Political, Passes on White House Visit

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 Thomas poses with both his 2011 Conn Smythe Stanely Cup Finals
MVP trophy (left) and his Vezina trophy, which is presented annually to the NHL's top goaltender.

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Tim Thomas, one of only two Americans on the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins roster, only the second American to win the Stanley Cup Most Valuable Player award in NHL history (according to Obama), released the following statement on why he skipped out on the Bruins' visit to the White House:

"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" 

With the exception of Thomas and Michael Ryder (who plays for the Dallas Stars and couldn't make it), everyone on the 2011 Cup roster attended the event, including Mark Recchi and Shane Hnidy, who are both retired, and Tomas Kaberle, who now plays for the Montreal Canadiens. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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"During his speech, President Obama spoke glowingly about Thomas and his performance during the Stanley Cup playoffs." -ESPN.com's Joe McDonald aka

"This Stanley Cup was won by defense as much as by offense," Obama said. "Tim Thomas posted two shutouts in the Stanley Cup finals and set an all-time record for saves in the postseason, and he also earned the honor being only the second American ever to be recognized as the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP."

This all of course begs the questions: Was this move by Tim Thomas warranted? Will he regret this one day when he bumps into Obama in public? 

Where must athletes and team-owners draw the line when it comes to mixing sports and politics?

ESPN.com has the video of Obama's welcoming speech

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