By now everyone knows Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas elected not to go to the White House Monday with his teammates, who were at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to be honored for their 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
The Flint, Mich. native said it wasn’t about “politics or party” and yet he also took the time to slam the government for being “out of control,” which sounds kind of political to me.
On the ice, Thomas wears a helmet with the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me” and, according to the Boston Herald, he is a big fan of Glenn Beck.
Thomas is certainly entitled to his views and has every right to decline a trip to the White House but to say his decision is “not about politics” is like saying that fewer fights in the NHL is a dangerous trend. It doesn’t make sense.
Either way, the winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in the regular season and the playoff MVP last year is not the first professional athlete to snub Mr. Obama.