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The mainstream media continued its all-out war with the Trump administration this week, attacking the President after he abruptly canceled a ceremony with the Philadelphia Eagles; conveniently forgetting their outrage when just one professional athlete refused to meet President Obama.
Back in January of 2012, just one NHL star refused to meet with then-President Obama at the White House after winning the Stanley Cup, writing on Facebook that “I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House.”
According to the report, ESPN responded by saying, “Thomas’ absence was uncalled for.”
“When the president of the United States invites you and all your teammates to the White House to honor your Stanley Cup championship, you go and represent the team,” opined Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer.
In an article for Bleacher Report about the incident, James Hardie wrote:
Now, if Thomas was a real man, he would have gone to the Boston Bruins management and ownership, returned the money from his contract and quit the balance of it by retiring–so he could exercise his rights as a free citizen.
You see, I am all for exercising your rights. I am all against abusing them. And Tim Thomas abused those rights.
There are soldiers who fought and died so that Thomas would have the right, as a free citizen, to freely choose to sign a contract worth millions and millions of dollars with the Boston Bruins. Included in that contract would be his obligations to represent the Boston Bruins in public. Unless I am sadly mistaken, there was no clause in there which stated that Thomas would not have to represent the Boston Bruins if it involved a trip to the White House.
Sports Illustrated also weighed in, writing:
Thomas was wrong not because he holds those particular views on the government. He is certainly entitled to them. That is his legal right — one of the things that is truly great about this country. Not every nation is so fortunate. But Thomas went wrong when he decided to use this particular time and place to exercise his right.
Let’s look at what this event was really all about and whether it was the correct venue for him to air his views. It was a celebration of what the Bruins as a team accomplished last season. These visits to the White House are not political in nature, not in the slightest. They are this nation’s way of honoring and publicly congratulating the champions of a major sport. The Bruins may ride the Duckboats all over the city of Boston to acclaim from its citizens, but this occasion is for the entire nation to recognize their championship and pay tribute to them. The B’s can’t go everywhere, so they go to the White House.
Tim Thomas may think he’s protesting what he sees as some sort of government wrongdoing. But — whether he realizes it or not — he’s really being disrespectful to the people of the United States. That’s who he snubbed here.
The Boston Globe also included a quick summary of the team’s reaction, quoting a team source as saying “Timmy” was a “[Expletive] selfish [expletive].’’
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