After the recent chaos that Tim Thomas heaped on himself by choosing to not attend The White House with the rest of his Boston Bruins teammates, one assumed he’d be avoiding anything that would make him the center of attention for awhile.

He didn’t help his cause in the wake of the incident by not defending his decision to not attend (instead choosing to post a single Facebook status and act like it never happened), but still…the circus was starting slowly leaving town.

He’s been playing fantastic hockey since, and many of us were remembering why we liked him so much in the first place: he’s a really awesome goalie, and a blast to watch play the position.

But today, he made the circus put on its brakes and turn around.

He’s welcome to believe in whatever politics he wants. He has the right to free speech. He can be of whatever religion he chooses. You’d just think he’d keep the focus on hockey, at least publicly, given how people reacted to his White House snub.

Here’s his latest Facebook status update:

For those of you who can’t read that:

I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom.

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

Whatever that means to you, you still have to ask – why complicate your every day life as a hockey player?

If it’s because these are messages he wants to get out there and he’s passionate about politics, okay, fine. That can be who you are and we’ll respect that…but then you have to actually talk about politics and religion, and get the message out there.

This Facebook poli-bombing is going to drive me crazy if he doesn’t stand and speak up for what he believes. You’re either behind the message or you’re not.

Something about it reminds me of a person who’d post “I had the craziest day today,” to get people to ask them about it…then not tell them. If you want attention, stuff like this will do the trick.

If Tim Thomas wants to talk politics and religion, it’s time he do so from out behind the keyboard too.

(Stick-tap to @_TyAnderson for passing that along.)