Chris Kerber

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.

Comments (7)
  1. Yessup Darcer says:

    Yeah, Thomas has a right to be stupid!

  2. Right winger says:

    And so do you.

    1. Yessup Darcer says:

      Well, I’m not an american citizen. I’m from a democratic country where people don’t encourage stupidity as you do in USA. You should be proud of your rights, since you are the world flag holders for stupid people.

      With that said, you also have reasonable and intelligent people here. It’s a pity that so few listen to them.

      1. Publius Valerius Publicola says:

        Yessup, what did Thomas say that you found stupid. Enlighten us dumb americans with your superior Quebecois intelligence.

  3. smittyann says:

    Please tell me why his decision is any of our business?? Just because he is a professional athlete doesn’t give us a right to judge him. I think the fact that he even had to issue a “statement” explaining his decsion is crazy! Good for him for standing up for what he believes in! I might just become his biggest fan!

  4. John says:

    I’m a Redwing fan and I share Tim Thomas’s concerns about this country. I can’t root for the Burins but, I am now a Tim Thomas fan.

  5. Terry B. Moses says:

    Tim Thomas has the right to do it but his whole team attended. It’s not about whether or not you agree with the direction of the government it is about the idea that your team is being honored for winning a championship by the White House. Most people consider that an honor. I doubt that all of the Bruins who are voters in the U.S. voted for Obama. Maybe none did but they all showed up to get the photo opportunity with the President of the United States. When Thomas talks to his grand kids about possibly the only chance he had to go to the White House he can always say he backed out because he didn’t like the government. When he’s eighty he might regret that.

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