According to csnne.com writer Joe Haggerty, when the Boston Bruins were granted the privilege of visiting the White House and meeting the President today, Tim Thomas took a pass.
He’s a Republican, you see.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll pass this on: I’m a pretty left-leaning guy, politically.
Also in the interest of full disclosure: I’d have been pumped to go to the White House to meet George W. Bush a handful of years ago.
I’m not exactly sure what statement Thomas was trying to make by not meeting the President – while I disagree with Republicans on a lot of issues, I’m still able to enjoy them and chat with them about our differences, which I think is generally healthy. This “hold out” of sorts, if it is that, however….doesn’t seem so healthy.
NHL.com writer (amongst many other outlets) Slava Malamud is one of my favourite Twitter follows for a number of reasons (rarely are well respected, widely read, smart guys so uncensored), and man, is he not cool with Thomas’ decision today.
I’ll let him take it from here: Mr. Malamud, your thoughts on Tim Thomas not showing up to the White House today? (Note: remember, these are his opinions, not mine.)
Seriously, is Tim Thomas in the White House?
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 23, 2012
If Tim Thomas really did boycott the White House event, this should be a story. Did any president have to deal with this kind of disrespect? — Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 23, 2012
And don’t tell me this has nothing to do with race. This utter, uncompromising hatred of the President is something I’ve never seen before — Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 23, 2012
Pretty sure 99% of US-born NBA players are Dems (’cause, you know, black), but they showed their asses up at WH to meet Bush. Unbelievable — Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 23, 2012
Screw you, Tim Thomas, and all the “me patriot, you traitor” crowd that breeds this hatred. You are not Americans and never will be. — Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 23, 2012
Next time there is a GOP President (if ever) I hope an entire NBA or college team boycotts the hell out of him. Will never happen, tho — Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 23, 2012
This animal hatred of the man got to the point that merely standing on a stage next to him is some kind of an insult. Tim, you are an idiot. — Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 23, 2012
Also eviscerating Thomas: our own Ryan Lambert. Example:
btw congrats to tim thomas for making a pouty political decision and distracting from what should’ve been a memorable day for his teammates
— ryan lambert (@twolinepass) January 23, 2012
Before anything goes too far on the Thomas-backlash front, Boston writer Joe Haggerty offered this simple “wait and see” message for us all on Twitter:
Tim Thomas made personal choice not to come to the White House as invited by President Obama. He’ll explain his actions on his Facebook page
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) January 23, 2012
So, we’ll find out more soon enough.
What’s your take? Think Thomas was trying to make a statement? If so, did it make any sense?