January 24th, 2012, 09:40 AM #41
But he isn't. He is a vocal Tea Party supporter and therefore exists within the Republican, Obama-is-the-devil, extremely partisan faction. He is certainly entitled to state his beliefs but he could have put them aside for one day and support his team. I don't think being at the White House would have put him in any sort of moral or physical danger.
Originally Posted by taz42
January 24th, 2012, 09:57 AM #42
I believe the invitation was extended to the Boston Bruins team so the league technically has nothing to do with it. But yes I agree that as a member of the team Tim does owe his teammates whatever apologies for missing a team event. I do think it's smart business on their part to excuse him from this event but at the same time he has to respect this will come back on him professionally.
Originally Posted by No One
January 24th, 2012, 09:58 AM #43
After reading his comments I find myself having more respect for him than I ever had. Everyone goes on about how bad the current political system is and he had a chance to make a statement about that. All of you who are offended, please...it's a glorified photo op and, in my opinion, the President has a lot more important work to do. Good for you Timmy Thomas for exercising your right to protest.
January 24th, 2012, 10:14 AM #44
January 24th, 2012, 10:15 AM #45
Tim's "statement" about his actions are two things:
1. A lie.
2. Ironically, written like a politician
Such things should not garner respect, IMO.
Although #2 is kinda funny.
January 24th, 2012, 10:38 AM #46
Tim doesn't owe his team an apology for not attending because he already made it clear months in advance that he will not be attending. If he did this last minute I would have been with everyone else and calling him out for it but when he was respectful enough to let the team owner know in advance of his intentions why is it used against him?
Originally Posted by jammer06
January 24th, 2012, 10:42 AM #47
Great observation FishMonger. Tim Thomas was coward to not go and a coward to bold face lie to himself and to us.
January 24th, 2012, 10:55 AM #48
At the time of his decision to decline attending he should have made his apologies to the affected parties, regardless he owed them at one time or another in a purely professional sense. I did not mean to imply he needs to make a public apology through the media to his employer.
Originally Posted by Kingsfan626
January 24th, 2012, 12:24 PM #49
I honestly couldn't care less about whether he went or not. If Bush was still president I'd probably have a hard time shaking hands with a man who I believe to be a criminal. This whole "respect the office" thing doesn't cut it for me. The office has disrespected the people far worse than this in the past as far as I'm concerned. And these beliefs go far beyond anything to do with a team that I play for. It has nothing to do with being a good teammate. Having said that, I am extremely disappointed and saddened to find out that Tim Thomas is a Tea Bagger.
January 24th, 2012, 12:33 PM #50
Thank you for that
Originally Posted by nosoupforyou