Tim Thomas: American Hero?

By Moundd

Earlier today the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins visited the White House to meet with President Obama in recognition of their championship run last summer. The Bruins were given a private tour of the White House, then the President spoke with the team in the East Room. Spirits were high among the Bruins’ players as President Obama affectionately referred to forward Brad Marchand as ‘The Little Ball of Hate,’ but one of the most important pieces to Boston’s Stanley Cup puzzle was surprisingly absent from the ceremony: goaltender Tim Thomas.

One of two US-born players on the Bruins’ squad (Thomas, Kampfer), Thomas decided not to accompany his teammates on their official visit to the White House. In a statement released through his Facebook page, Thomas said:

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.


Before Thomas released this statement many people were on the fence, scrambling to figure out why the Bruins’ netminder skipped out on the opportunity to meet Chocolate Jesus. People instantly labeled Thomas ‘conservative,’ ‘Right wing’ and the like, assuming his absence was a statement against the President, or perhaps against his political party. Others questioned Thomas’ actions – and by extension his worth – as a teammate.

It is very clear now just how wrong those sentiments were.

You may not agree with Tim Thomas’ decision to be elsewhere during what was essentially a team function, but you have to respect his right as an American citizen to protest a government he deems unjust. This wasn’t about distaste for the President or any particular political party; it was about a man exercising his own free will.

That, my friends, is something we can all appreciate.


7 responses to “Tim Thomas: American Hero?

  1. What he’s saying is just Tea Party propaganda 101, same shit Glenn Beck has been spouting for years. These idiots were quiet through the entirety of the GWB administration but suddenly when a black Democrat becomes the president, THEN the government is getting too big and overbearing. Hypocritical fucks. Also, the “Chocolate Jesus” moniker for Obama isn’t exactly what I would call kosher.

  2. The Chocolate Jesus reference was clearly tongue in cheek; it clearly wasn’t meant as a shot at the President.

    As for Thomas just spouting ‘Tea Party propaganda,’ I’m not so sure we can categorize someone’s political beliefs in such a way. Thomas’ statements were not directed against any particular political party, and I trust that his statements were honest and sincere.

    Since when did expressing your political beliefs become such a taboo event?

  3. Tim Thomas is free to be as ill-mannered as he wants. Our government affords him that freedom. To refer to President Obama as the chocolate Jesus, however, is racism, pure and simple.

    I was thrilled to discover a blog where women can talk hockey. Looks like I won’t be back here.

    • That was not a racist comment that my counter part wrote. That was called satire and should be taken as such. The last time I checked, we do have freedom of speech in this country and you must take things will a grain of salt sometimes.

      Thomas simply utilized his First Amendment right to express dissent of government and there is never an innappropriate time to do so. You are always an American. That does not get put on hold.

      This blog was written by someone who is an Obama supporter so your criticism is misplaced and you misunderstood what he was saying.

    • It seems to me that you don’t understand the literary device that is satire. It’s not as if I coined the term ‘Chocolate Jesus,’ as some of his largest supporters affectionately refer to him as such.

      The reference was meant as nothing more than a humorous description of our President – albeit with an ‘unconventional’ term of endearment.

      Dictionary.com lists two definitions for racism:

      1 The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as…
      2 Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief.

      My comment was neither…

      I’m very upset that you won’t be sticking around the blog, as my colleague has an incredible grasp on the game – and her finger to the pulse of the fanbase.

      I hope you will reconsider your interpretation of my remarks, and join Stevie and I for some Penguins’ coverage – all in good fun, I promise.


      • Ooo the new writer making some waves already on the interwebz.

        In response to the two readers who were ‘offended’ or ‘put-off’ by Moundd’s satirical reference to Obama, really guys??
        ‘Not kosher’?
        ‘Pure and simple racism’?
        Boycotting the website?

        Ya’ll need to just step back, realize it was a (successful) attempt at humor, relax, and keep reading this blog for what it is. A place for hockey fans, male and female, to keep up with the sport.

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