Thursday, February 16, 2012

X = Pro Sports + Politics

Before you continue reading allow me to preface this post by saying that this really does not have anything to do with the sport of hockey, his abilities or the fact that when the Jersey is put on I would consider Tim Thomas and the City of Boston an enemy. I have tweeted publicly certain things regarding his goal tending style from "beached whale" to Snow angel making. When it comes to Boston Vs Montreal, I have never pulled any punches.

Within the last few weeks, there has been too much talk and finger pointing towards Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas over his decision not to visit the White House with the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins Team in late January, as well as recent comments he has posted on his Facebook page.

I have read and heard many in the media and social media regarding Tim's decision on not joining his team at the White House. Many have stated that it was bad form on his part and should have put politics aside and went regardless of his own political view for his team mates who "fought in the trenches" during their battle in the playoffs.

My own political views aside, I have never won a Stanley Cup. I have never been invited to the White House. I am not even American. I do see how some would would make this out to be a snub to his team mates. However the choice was his and his alone.

He then posted this on his Facebook page. (Please forgive the blurriness of the screen cap)

Tim has recently come under fire from those in the Sports Media over his comments on his Facebook page. I took the time to read through hundreds of support posts from hockey fans around the world on his page to see what he has actually been saying. Most of his comments have actually been quotes from past Presidents of the USA or forefathers of the Constitution. Yet instead of talking about hockey, the media hoard has picked and prodded Tim on his political views to the point he has walked out of 1 or 2 media scrums in the last couple days.

This should have been a non issue from the start but now we have sports writers thinking they are apart of the White House press core pressing Tim on everything he says on his Facebook. His reply to them is Facebook is his personal life. Many have come out and said that he has to watch what he says because he is a Pro Athlete.


At the end of the day when the Jersey is removed, the gear is stowed and he is sitting on his couch with a beer in hand he is human like everyone else. His personal beliefs, political views and his choices away from the arena are his. If he wants to replace his mask with a tin foil hat at the end of the day that is his choice. What this boils down to is freedom of speech and choice. We all have the right to say what we want, worship who or what was want and believe in what we want.

Just because someone makes 50,000 times more money than you and I for stopping rubber 3 hours a night 3-5 times a week does not make him any less human or any more accountable than you and I. His comments have not been offensive nor has he belittled anyone. He does not tweet about his conquests of females like some players nor does he stand in front of the camera talking about someone's "Sloppy Seconds".