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Tim Thomas skips White House trip due to ‘out of control’ government
The Globe And Mail

On Monday, the Bruins were feted en masse at the White House by U.S. president Barack Obama for winning the 2011 Stanley Cup, which is standard fare in the 21st century, where politics and sports constantly overlap. They all showed up, all except for goaltender Tim Thomas, who happened to win the playoff MVP award.

Thomas was a mysterious no-show and Twitter ran rampant all of Monday afternoon, speculating about why he gave it a pass. Politically, Thomas is known to lean toward the right and even finds some merits in the rants of commentator Glenn Beck. However, when Thomas finally explained his absence on his Facebook page.

“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.”

Notons au passage que la quasi-totalité des médias québécois a mal rapporté cette nouvelle en disant que Tim Thomas ne s’était pas présenté à la Maison-Blanche parce qu’il était républicain (exemple ici). Dans sa réponse le gardien des Bruins dénonce les deux partis.