It’s been seven months since the Boston Bruins hoisted the Stanley Cup in Vancouver. As is the case with any championship team, the perks that come with being the top dogs of the sport are plentiful. One of those perks is being able to visit the President at the White House the following season; an event that was attended yesterday by everyone on the Boston Bruins team, except for goaltender Tim Thomas.
The 37 year old goalie from Flint, Michigan and apparent hardcore Libertarian opted out of the meet-and-greet with President Barack Obama. Thomas’s absence was an act of protest against the Federal Government, of which he claims: “…has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.” Thomas’s only public statement regarding the event was posted on his Facebook page.
I have little patience for celebrities taking advantage of certain situations in order to express their political and moral beliefs. If drives me nuts when douchebag actors decide the Academy Awards is a perfect venue to spew some nonsense about whatever social injustice is deemed to be “sexy” that year. So I guess it should go without saying that I found the Tim Thomas “sit out” to be as equally revolting, unnecessary and douchey as an Oscar speech from Sean Penn.
The weird thing is, I don’t have any issue with Thomas’s politics. From what I can gather, I agree with most of what he’s saying. However, there is a time and a place for everything. The standard “shoot the shit” moment with the POTUS shouldn’t be seen as an opportunity to protest against the federal government. It’s just in bad taste.
The biggest problem I have with the sit out is how ineffective it is. Does Thomas actually think a black guy from Chicago really knows who he is? Obama couldn’t care less about the Bruins or Hockey in general. Come on Tim! That’s Protesting 101: Know How Important You Are.
Thomas should have done some self-evaluation before he decided to sit out. He should have asked himself: At the end of the day who is going to care about this protest? Am I as important as Tom Brady? Is the NHL as powerful as the NFL? If a goal is scored in Phoenix and nobody is there to see it, does it really count? If Thomas would’ve taken a few minutes to realize his irrelevance, he would’ve come to grips with the fact that any sit out would be seen as a silly rebellion about as effective as the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
I shouldn’t say his protest went completely unnoticed. Anytime a person of any stature speaks out against the President the opposing party is going to pick up on it and undoubtedly support it. Thomas claims that his absence was not about politics or party, stating: “…both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country.” He may not adhere to a party but after the news of this incident broke yesterday, Thomas has gotten overwhelming support from conservative bloggers like Andrew Breitbart as well as members of the tea party.
Whether it was Tim Thomas’s intention or not his protest will probably score him a dinner with Glenn Beck. According to Thomas’s Wikipedia page, Glenn Beck is the one person he would most like to have dinner with. Six bucks and my left nut says that Beck hears about this and offers to buy Thomas dinner. Although if I was Beck I would make sure we ate at a restaurant that Tim Thomas liked or else he might not show up.