Tuesday, January 24, 2012

THE WHITE HOUSE STIFF ARM



Tim Thomas remained at home when the Boston Bruins were honored by President Obama at the White House on Monday. The red-carpet treatment for championship teams has been a tradition on Pennsylvania Avenue, but a few athletes over the years, have used to the photo op to make some kind of statement against the president or the policies of the country. Thomas tried to by not showing up. In a press release, the Bruins goalie pointed out the following:

"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." TT

Good thing he signed it TT. First of all, outside of New England, people don't know Tim
Thomas from Tiny Tim. If he walked down  Fifth Avenue in New York City and passed 1,000
people, maybe one person would recognize him, and that would probably be his brother. I can
tell you that when Obama's advisor informed him that Thomas wasn't coming to the event,
there's a good chance Obama responded by saying, "Who's Tim Thomas?" Obama might've been saying to himself, "The guy stops hockey pucks for a living and he's talking about the government growing out of control?" Then he probably texted LOL to his two girls.


Thomas, who is a staunch conservative, has the right, given to him by his Founding Fathers, of free speech and to express his opinion. But really, why the hell is Thomas complaining about anything? He gets paid millions of dollars to play hockey, he lives in one of the greatest cities in the world where fans actually care about the sport. And who the hell cares what Tim Thomas thinks?
Outside of his family, absolutely no one.

He is the only American on the team and for that reason alone, he should've stepped up, shut
up, and respected the country where he's been made a  millionaire many times over. Thomas
made the Bruins visit to the White House about Tim Thomas. It wasn't about the organization
or city getting honored, it became about Tim Thomas. His teammates will all say the right
thing about Thomas having the right to express his opinion, but deep down, they'll be thinking
that he's a selfish, self-absorbed athlete who made the day about him.

Thomas wasn't the first athlete to boycott the White House and he won't be the last. A trip
to the White House is an honor and all about respecting the president and the country that is
the best  in the world. We hear it all the time in sports: Athletes may not like certain people,
but they respect them. Thomas should've have done the same when it came to the president
and the country.

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