OTTAWA | Upon making his statement about why he skipped the Boston Bruins’ celebratory trip to the White House to get honored by President Obama, goaltender Tim Thomas made one thing perfectly clear.
“This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic,” he wrote.
From one nation’s capital to another, Thomas’ decision to blow off the White House as a protest of the U.S. government was a hot topic at NHL All-Star Weekend. He didn’t want to address it but was asked plenty Friday during an interview session.
“This is all media driven and it has been from the start. Everything that I said and did was as an individual. It was not as a representative of the Boston Bruins,” Thomas said. “All it has to do is with me. But it’s separate from hockey. That’s my personal life and those are my personal views. Those are my personal beliefs.
“It has nothing to do with hockey. It has nothing to do with this All-Star Game. It has nothing to do with the Boston Bruins.”
While many players spoke for well over a half-hour, including Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman, who held court for an extended period of time, and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who talked for an hour, Thomas was pulled away by Bruins PR after four minutes.
This was the statement Thomas made on his Facebook page Monday:
“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”
It wasn’t. And Friday certainly won’t be the last time he is asked about it.