A Bruins Blog by Ric Duarte of Bruins DieHard

BOSTON (CBS) – So, how’s that “TEAM” thing working out for ya Tim Thomas?

Your “TEAM” was at the White House and you were not with your “TEAM.” You always said it was about “TEAM, TEAM, TEAM, but really you said it all Monday when it was about TIM, TIM, TIM.

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And with such a lame excuse! Sorry, I’m not buying it. It wasn’t about dissing the President, it was all about you and your politics!

For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, your Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins were invited to the White House on Monday. The entire team showed up except for the Georges Vezina Trophy Winner Tim Thomas, who decided to boycott the annual visit of Champions to the White House. Thomas said he wasn’t being political however, in his statement made on Facebook, it seems very political.

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

With this statement, Thomas has created a firestorm all on his own. Obviously, he did not think of the ramifications of his actions.

Does he remember when Curt Schilling chose to go on television to support then-President George Bush in his reelection bid? It did not matter that Schilling helped bring the Boston Red Sox their first World Series title in 86 years, all people heard was politics being injected into their sports.

With Thomas’s boycott of the White House and his choice to bring politics into the equation, for some, he has ruined his reputation.

And as the media entered the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, he was nowhere to be found. Did he think he could just do this, make the statement and with today’s media it would all go away? Does he know the media in this town? Does he know the sports fans that idolize(d) him in town?

Some would like an answer as to why he chose this particular time to NOT be a part of HIS team that gave so many a lot to cheer about last June?

It makes you wonder who he really cares about. His country, his team, himself? These are all great things to take care of, but simple priorities would have made this such a non issue!

This shouldn’t not have been a political issue. However, it was.

It should have been just a nice photo-op event and you go on about the season and hope to win a championship a second time. But, you left your team standing at the podium all alone and YOU, Tim Thomas, helped to spread the political divide in this country even further apart!

Shame on you!

Ric Duarte has covered hockey and the Bruins for various media outlets since 1986. You can follow Ric at BruinsDieHard.com and at twitter @bruins_diehard.

Comments (39)
  1. Tom says:

    Any Presidential invitation becomes a political event. I think Tim Thomas has every right to boycott an invitation from a polititian that he does not agree with. Maybe the President should be a little more focused on his duties as the President and not on trying to be in the spot light by inviting Championship teams to the White House. I give credit to TT for standing up for his beliefs. He will be with the team on the ice.

    1. Page. says:

      Yes, I agree 100% every one of these new adds had something other than the real reason he would not go I appalled the man.

      1. bushian commie says:

        >> The only person who goes to the off-white House is a sycophant. The gentleman should be honored as a hero and patriot for exercising his Constitutional rights. Now, were he “in the area” and since Washington’s a Kremlin, without freedom of movement and assembly – it might be a good place to take a dump. Either that or Tyranny Towers in NYC.

    2. unc. says:

      you IDIOT! EVERY president invites EVERY championship team(TEAM NOT INDIVIDUAL) EVERY year. so whats different now?hum

  2. RJ OGuillory says:

    …obviously Ric Duarte has no personal standards or beliefs,…and his observation that Tim Thomas’s actions were “lame”,..indicates that he does not even know the meaning of the word “lame”….I find that odd, considering Mr. Duarte’s complete lack of maturity and class,….you would think he’d be the expert on “lame”…

    Good for you Mr. Thomas,….the seasons over,..you did your job,…sucking up to a corrupt government and president isn’t part of the job description,…


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  3. TONO says:

    Unbiased reporting my foot. The founding fathers have been turning in their graves since the late eighties with the lot of them. Never mind government issues for a second. The social media machine has become the defacto third party in all politics and social matters.

  4. ct4now says:

    this article is LAME! Tim Thomas had every RIGHT to steer clear of this event. If he doesnt support the type of government this country is developing, and the agenda of this administration, then why should he show up for a press opportunity that the president is going to use for p.r. and for fundraising? Whats sad is that Tim is taking a bashing in the media for this but when theo epstein did the same thing to pres bush, nobody was insulting him, or dragging him through the mud! it just goes to further show how the media and its personalities push their social agenda and hate when anyone feels differently.

  5. Richard says:

    Its only a lame excuse if you are Democrat.

    Bravo, Tim Thomas. For standing by your principles in what was a blatant attempt to politicize your team’s victory on the ice.

    1. Pat says:

      No he directs it at both parties IF you read it right. Still good show TT.

  6. Shane S. says:

    I’m proud of Tim Thomas for standing up for his beliefs. Since he is one of only three U.S. citizens on the team, the rest of the players will hardly care about American politics. Would the Boston / U.S. media care or even notice if the majority of Bruins players refused to attend an event in Ottawa where they were supposed to meet Canadian P.M. Stephen Harper? I seriously doubt it. Tim Thomas is a reseved person with the media who doesn’t make waves and this was his opportunity to voice his opinion. As always he’ll a team player for the Bruiins on the ice.

  7. John says:

    Way to go Tim Thomas!
    Maybe Ric needs to stand-up for something instead of following the crowd.

  8. Luboš Motl says:

    Good for Tim Thomas. He isn’t just a mindless hired gun who is playing a game and is ready to lick the buttocks of anyone who may help him to earn a higher income. He actually observes the public life and notes that some of the behavior of the U.S. government in recent years has become intolerable.

    I’ve spent most of my life in Czechoslovakia (but lived in Boston for 6 years and New Jersey for 4 years); one-half of it was in communist Czechoslovakia. Ric Duarte’s comments remind me of the mandatory waving to the communist politicians we were forced to participate in as kids (I often snubbed this “opportunity”, too). The only difference is that Ric Duarte seems much more hysterical than our teachers did. Maybe he would feel happier in North Korea where it’s really a life-like pleasure for anyone to meet the glorious leader.

    Congratulations to Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and his fellow players to the Stanley Cup.

    1. RJ OGuillory says:

      …I was in Prague when the young folk were learning about capitalism after the fall of the Soviets,…stayed in the former Secret Police Prison turned hotel,…it was one of the most vibrant experiences I’ve ever had,…young folk learning how to sell, buy and trade,…free from any interference from the government,…very cool..


      RJ O’Guillory
      Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  9. Linda says:

    Shame on YOU Ric Duarte !!!! Who the heck do YOU think YOU are to judge Tim Thomas for HIS beliefs and opinions ??? Tim Thomas is a free man, free to go and do what HE wants to do, not what YOU think HE needs to do. He did his job by playing the game of football very well, other than that, HE owes YOU nothing……………………………………………… YOU are the lame one and should be fired from your “job”.

  10. Linda says:


  11. tmizer994 says:

    Yes, it’s America and Tim Thomas can say whatever he wants. Did he have to do it in the middle of the season thus forcing a lot of Bruins personnel to expend energy on something other than trying to win another Cup? He ould have skipped the White House and then given his reasons months from now and not have created the distraction that he has. Incidents like this are why the average Patriots player’s press conference is as controversial as a Hallmark tv movie.

  12. DON says:

    Way to go Tim! He did what he felt was right! 100% support Tim! The man has standards and a trip to the White House was not part of his standards. Good. Wish more people had those standards!

  13. Rick says:

    Tim Thomas is crude. Politics should be put aside on joyous occasions.

    1. RJ OGuillory says:

      …right,…as long as we can point to some joy in our lives,.we should simply look past all the war-crimes,..international theft,…torture,..rendition,…yes,…let’s just look past all the criminality of our own government,…because we may miss the joy of celebrating the winning of a sporting event,…

      …sure,..right….I suppose when we see all those pictures of Adolf Hitler smiling proudly,…joyously even,….I suppose then all will be right when we can get BO to smile so joyously,….



      RJ O’Guillory
      Webster Groves-the Life of an Insane Family

  14. Andrew C. says:

    You know, if a player opted not to visit Bush because of his political beliefs then everyone would be cheering about how great it is for someone to not go with the flow. And where was the uproar over http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4174143 ??????? This is hypocrisy at its best. I listen to the sports hub for sports news not left wing politalk. The Boston Globe couldn’t cover a card game never mind professional sports without mixing political commentary in if they can find it. Gee wonder why the paper is in the tank? Felger and Masserotti is just offensive (see Wiggins every time there’s a labor dispute in pro sports talking about how the rich white owners don’t want to pay the poor minority players more than a 200 million dollar contract) on top of playing church music and mocking a religion because Tim Tebow is over zealous on the whole “Thank Jesus” stuff. I’m just about through with this channel. Keep the Boston Globe off the radio they’re irrelevant, and Felger and Masserotti would be more entertaining if they were replaced with the sound of a bear fellating one of them.

  15. Jason Hurley says:

    Mr. Duarte, the mindless “Team” mentality supplanting critical, individual thought is exactly why citizens like Mr. Thomas are in situations where they feel they must decline presidential invitations. You are clearly a vapid bootlick of the ever growing police state. I am ashamed of you and will never read your comments or take you seriously in any context ever again whatsoever.

    1. Jason Hurley says:

      …John Locke is a Bruins fan!

  16. Maureen Welcome says:


    Good for Tim Thomas. It is about time that the President’s Office stops using sports (Championship teams) to promote the person in office. Tim is not a puppet, nor should the team be used as puppets. The entire publicity around the event is phony.

  17. James Babb says:

    Thank you Tim Thomas for doing what is right and skipping a ritual of state worship. I hope Ric Duarte gets indefinitely detained.

  18. firemanmark says:

    Once again comments not posted by ‘BZ website.It must block out the truth.

  19. YaKnow says:

    The last time I checked, this IS A FREE COUNTRY. EVERYONE, including Tim Thomas has the RIGHT to excercise his FREEDOM OF SPEECH. He stood up for what he believes. Funny I don’t remember all this hoopla when Mr. Manny being Manny didn’t show for the Red Sox celebration. Bravo Tim.

  20. Dave_D says:

    And why was Obama inviting a bunch of Canadians (Canadians!) to the White House? Back in 1812, a bunch of Canadians burned the place down. Tim, as a token American, on a mostly Canadian team, playing a Canadian game was right to stay away.

    Lets keep the Canadians on their side of the border. If Obama were a real Christian American (and not a Muslim Kenyan socialist Nazi by way of Indonesia), he wouldn’t allow these foreigners to take American jobs..

  21. getover it says:

    See since we live in America you are free to express your opinion that is exactly what is is. Tim expressed his. What makes you right and him wrong? What makes your opinion more valuable than his. If you agree with what he did or not it he is ENTITLED to express his feelings. After all he is only 1 of 2 Americans on the team.

  22. web says:

    I agree with all the posts above..Ric, take a pill and calm down..you are taking this way too personally. He explained himself, you are the one making it political and spreading the political divide.

  23. firemanmark says:

    The only firestorm created was the ideological rant of left-wing Socialists in the media.Tim Thomas exercised a little thing we like to call the 1st Amendment;something Democratic lemmings think is their’s and their’s alone.By the way..who the heck is Ric Duarte? I’ve been a B’s fan since 1968 at age 9 and I have NEVER heard of him.Fair enough…he’s a libtard and I wouldn’t want to know him anyway. Carry on you clueless Leftist-Socialist-Marxists!

  24. Patti says:

    It’s nice to see how all of you support Mr. Thomas. You are right that he has every right in America to voice his opinion. However, it was not the President that he dissed, but the country. The award was being presented by the President on behalf of the country for winning a title, just as it is for the winner of the Superbowl and World Series. It was not a political event. It’s not a slap in the face to the president or either party (or both). To me, it’s more a slap in the face to the people. As one of the newspapers said, Mr. Thomas was proud enough of the country to play in the Olympics for America, representing the country that he is so unhappy with and to take all the perks that went along with that, but to stand with his teammates to accept similar accolades because he seems to think that the country stinks, seems a little contradictory. To exercise my right of free speech, I am disturbed by his choice to pick which times he is happy to represent America and when he won’t. I have lost most of my respect for him not for what he said, but for the slight to the American people and the way he chose to say what he had to say.

    1. no reason necessary says:

      Idiot. You sound like a foreman in a death camp.

    2. RJ OGuillory says:


      oh yes,…it was the “country” Mr. Thomas was insulting by not appearing for a PR stunt, involving a war-criminal who kills women, children and non-combatant.

      …yes, really, lets respect a country that is led by liars, killers and thieves who want to make it look like all is well in our crumbling democracy,….I bet you think Mr. Thomas should simply be renditioned to the White House,….

      …you people don’t believe in anything except the myth that you’ve been raise with about how “great” America is,….but you just don’t seem to want to look at the reality of a system that is broken, illicit and corrupt,…no, wait,..perhaps we should have Mr. Thomas water-boarded for such insolent behavior towards your “mighty leader” and the “country” you think you live in,…how did you grow old enough to issue an opinion,..but have never learned to form an opinion based upon truth,….


      RJ O’Guillory
      Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

      p.s.- I was employed bu US DoD for almost 25 years, all over the world,…and I’ve been a “federally-protected-whistle-blower” (Ha, Ha!) for most of that twenty years or so,…they are corrupt to the core, and are nothing more than Nuclear Terrorists,..threatening to kill millions of others on the planet, just to get at the other’s oil and natural resources,…

  25. jaygee says:

    Didn’t Timmy play for his country at the Olympics and bow to accept the medal?
    If every member of the team that won the Stanley Cup went to the White House as a team then he also could have gone. Of course, it’s a free country and he has a right to go where he wants but not being a “team player” on such a day makes him look like a complete idiot. What’s next, perhaps he might turn his back when they sing the National Anthem. Hey, why not Timmy? Express yourself!!

  26. Charlie McFreman says:

    Get bent Ric.

  27. George says:

    Tim Thomas’s comment “below” was “TOTALLY LAME’ AND HE’S A COWARD.

    He disgraced his team, his city and he came up with comments that are so generic that they are almost non-sense.


    Are we to interpret his comments to mean he is a Libertarian? Perhaps a Supply Sider?

    Or is he in favor of a reduded deficit?

    Does he want to raise taxes?

    Remove all troops from foreign soil?

    Cut welfare and unemployment? Cut Food Stamps and Health Care?

    What does he want to do?

    He just comes out with a generic statement that things stink and it’s big government’s fault….WOW…….HOW PROFOUND.

    Where was he when they repealed “The Glass Steagall Act” in 1999? Where was he when they’ve been running deficits almost every year since 1969?

    Here’s his statement…..you be the judge of what the heck he is suggesting we DO? Raise taxes and cut spending in a “RECOVERY”?

    “I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People,” the netminder said in a written statement shortly after his refusal Monday to accompany his teammates to the East Room to meet President Barack Obama.

    “Because I believe this,” Thomas continued, “today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

    “This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic.”

  28. Linda says:

    I am so proud of Tim Thomas for standing up for the American People. He put our Nation first before himself. It was not an easy desicion to make.
    I always woder how so many bad things happen, and the good people stand back and say nothing. I would like to Thank Tim Thomas for doing what most of us wish we could do. You are a great American, and I wish you much Happiness and Joy. I wish more Americans would take a stand for what is right.

  29. RJ O'Guillory says:

    The U.S. of Hollow

    Junior demons litter the culture,
    sucking up all that’s left.
    The Elder knew how to pick em’
    The Boy claimed no such heft.
    Picked apart and long picked over,
    our bird of Giving Thanks.
    America, finally laid to rest,
    by her own traitorous Yanks.
    Liberty & Freedom,
    need no such plan to follow.
    Bleeding slowly across our land,
    The United States of Hollow.

    RJ O’Guillory /Author/ Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

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