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SBD/January 27, 2012/Franchises
Focus Falls On Tim Thomas During All-Star Draft For White House Decision
Published January 27, 2012
WEIGHING IN: Canucks G Cory Schneider said, "I have no problem with his personal beliefs, but (Thomas) can suck it up for an hour, say Hi and be with the team, and avoid all of this. Respect the (Presidency). He plays for Team USA and he has no problem making millions of dollars in the USA but he can't go say Hi to the President. You get a lot of benefits living in the US and he should have little bit of respect for that." In Boston, Eric Wilbur wrote where we "have to draw the line is with how [Thomas is] making his organization look." The Bruins have been "put in an unfair situation with Thomas's constitutional rights hanging over their heads" (BOSTON.com, 1/25). YAHOO SPORTS' Nicholas Cotsonika wrote, "You can stand behind the president in the White House without standing behind him on principle." Cotsonika: "If Thomas can't make that distinction, then frankly I question his critical thinking. I'm glad he lives in a free country where he can express his views, but if he wants to influence hearts and minds, he should pick a more appropriate time and place to express them" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/26). In N.Y., Pat Leonard wrote there are "certainly citizens who will applaud Thomas for exercising his right to free speech, and no one wishes to take it away." But Thomas' "actions were shortsighted" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/26).
SHIPPING OUT? In Boston, Stephen Harris asks, "Could Tim Thomas' political protest end up costing him his spot on the Bruins?" Even before Thomas’ "ill-advised stunt, the possibility existed that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli might face a difficult and profoundly important decision this summer on the netminder, who turns 38 this April and has just one year remaining on his contract." Thomas’ decision to "snub the White House and then release an anti-big government manifesto was an embarrassment for the team and no doubt angered the front office and ownership greatly" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/27).