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SBD/January 24, 2012/Sports in Society
Tim Thomas' Decision To Skip Bruins' White House Visit Has People Talking
Published January 24, 2012
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MISSED OPPORTUNITY: In Boston, Margery Eagan writes Thomas' decision not visit the White House was "embarrassing and classless" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/24). Also in Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont writes, "Shabby. Immature. Unprofessional. Self-centered. Bush league. ... All that and more applies to what Thomas did" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/24). NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman said, “This is not about the person that is there for four or eight years, this is the office of the Presidency. It is just rude not to go” ("Today," NBC, 1/24). The BOSTON HERALD's Wedge & Harris note "Tim Thomas" became a "trending topic on Twitter and Democrats hammered him, including lefty pundit Keith Olbermann, who fired off a tweet calling the goalie a 'fool'" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/24). The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons wrote on his Twitter account, "Tim Thomas can believe politically whatever he wants. It's my belief he should have been with his team at the White House." The Toronto Star's Damien Cox: "Gotta say, really quite disappointing to learn Tim Thomas is, well, apparently a crackpot. This sure adds an element to all-star weekend." Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan: "Is it too late for Tim Thomas to join the Republican presidential field? U.S.-born, older than 35 and just as loopy as the rest of 'em." The N.Y. Post's Larry Brooks: "Please. Let's not turn Tim Thomas' act of political opportunism into some sort of noble exercise."
FREE TO DECIDE: THE HOCKEY NEWS' Ken Campbell wrote, "Thomas's politics don't even matter here. What does is that Thomas exercised his right to be a conscientious dissenter and the Bruins showed a lot of maturity by accepting his decision and not using strong-arm tactics to force him to go by threatening to suspend him" (THEHOCKEYNEWS.com, 1/23). ESPN.com's Rick Reilly wrote on Twitter, "To the writers who ripped Tim Thomas for refusing 2 go 2 Obama's White House: Isn't that what the White House represents? Freedom to choose?" FoxSports.com's Tracy Ringolsby: "Kudos to Tim Thomas. If your feelings are that strong, whether I agree, I respect you for standing up for what you believe in." NBC's Luke Russert: "Tim Thomas getting a lot of support for snubbing Obama at WH." The N.Y. Times' Chris Botta: "Tim Thomas wanted people talking about his politics and Tim Thomas. Mission Accomplished."