KMOX – The reaction to Boston’s Tim Thomas deciding not to visit the White House yesterday with the rest of the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup winning team is insane For personal and political reasons Thomas decided not to go with his teammates and a big stink was raised. He has been blasted,. called stupid, ignorant and TSN’s Dave Hodge on twitter even suggested he did not go because he is a fan of the KKK, insinuating such because Thomas has three kids whose names all begin with K.
Slow down people and breathe. Thomas made a decision not to go based on his personal beliefs and he has that right no matter what people think. The media wanted a reason for his not going and he gave it. Here it is.
“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.”
I find it laughable that people are taking shots at Thomas for exercising his rights as a US citizen and expressing his political beliefs and opinions through his speech and actions. Isn’t exactly what he did at the forefront of what our country was built upon. Is even more ironic when you consider that this is all about a visit to the White House of all places.
Hey we all know politics are a hot button topic for most people. We all know disagreements can be taken personally and grudges held when it comes to politics. But we also know the ability to share those beliefs and opinions is what makes this place great. It’s one thing to disagree with Thomas, his statement or his decision not to go, but it’s a completely different thing to personally attack him for making that decision.
Sports and social issues will always be intertwined. It does not mean it’s a comfortable relationship for fans, but it’s there. Thomas had a strong belief and felt this was an opportunity to show it. I am not agreeing or disagreeing with him here. However I applaud him for standing up for something he strongly felt and believed in, and there is a lot to say for that. Agree with him or not, that’s your right too, but respect his right to handle it as he did. That’s why this country is what it is. That’s why we are proud to say we’re Americans. Now lets get back to more important things, like finding out who will lift the cup this year.