President Barack Obama indicated that he was a fan of Tim Thomas and the Bruins at the White House yesterday.
Apparently the feeling is less than mutual.
The Bruins goaltender was the only member of the 2011 Stanley Cup winning team to not show up at the traditional championship ceremony in Washington. Thomas is said to be of strong conservative beliefs and once mentioned former FOX News personality Glenn Beck as the “person he’d most like to have dinner with.”
On his Facebook page last night, Thomas explained his reasoning.
"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People,” Thomas wrote. “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"
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that attendance at this particular event was not mandatory.
“I can require someone to attend a team event. If they don't, I can suspend him," Chiarelli told The Boston Globe. "I'm not suspending Tim. Whatever his position is, it isn't reflective of the Boston Bruins nor my own. But I'm not suspending him."
Sports and politics
Tim Thomas certainly isn’t the only pro sports figure to let his political beliefs be known:
Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said on “Good Morning America” just a day after the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years: “Make sure you tell everybody to vote and to vote [George W.] Bush next week.”
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was scheduled to take part in a fundraiser for the Obama campaign prior to the end of the NBA lockout.
Celtics President Danny Ainge recently donated $2,500 to the Romney campaign.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning recently donated $5,000 to Republican Sen. Bob Corker.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali famously resisted being drafted into service during the Vietnam War and was part of dozens of anti-war protests.