"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People."
"This was not about politics"
If it's not about politics then what exactly were you talking about in the first quote, in which you defended your decision to not show up to the white house with your fellow teammates?
If it's not about politics is it possible that it could be about something else?
Maybe I'm a little off base here posing this question, but it's a question that needs to be asked and maybe I'm just the only one with the balls to do it.
Racism occurs all over the world, and I think we'd be pretty naive to act like it doesn't go on in the NHL.
It has happened in the past, few and far between but it does happen and here are a few of the examples:
Krys Barch and PK Subban
In early January Krys Barch of the Flyers was kicked out of a game against the Habs for a perceived racial slur towards PK Subban.
John Vanbiesbrouck and Trevor Daley: Vanbiesbrouck resigned from his position as the general manager of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds after using a racial epithet in regard while discussing current Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley in 2003. Vanbiesbrouck apologized profusely for his ugly comment, but the damage was already done.
Kevin Weekes, Wayne Simmonds and Peter Worrell are among the (hopefully small list of) black players who’ve had bananas thrown at them. Worrell dealt with quite a few other high-profile incidents of racist behavior, including when Craig Berube received a one-game suspension for calling him a “monkey.”
Jarome Iginla being left off one 2002 Hart Trophy ballot: This situation isn’t cut-and-dry. There could be plenty of other reasons why one award voter left Jarome Iginla off of his Hart Trophy ballot altogether, but a subset of hockey people still wonder if racism was the true catalyst. (It ended up changing the voting process, so it was a significant moment either way.)
Before they became the Winnipeg Jets, the Atlanta Thrashers were trying to improve themselves on the ice and at the box office by adding a relatively large amount of black players to their roster.
Once again this could just be a case of me reading too much into things, or Tim Thomas could in fact be hiding the real reason why he did not want to attend the white house and shake the hand of the president.
It is entirely possible that this is nothing more than someone expressing their personal political beliefs, but with Thomas' brief statement followed up by him saying that he will give no further public comment, he's not doing himself any favours and we're left to speculate.
In any case, no matter what his intentions were by taking this stand Thomas has diminished what should have been a great moment for the Bruins team to share together by making the whole thing about himself.
This was not an individual honour that was bestowed upon him and he has handled the whole thing very poorly.
He should have just sucked it up and been there for his teammates, but that would have been the honourable thing to do. And as we've seen this year, honourable moments have been few and far between for the Bruins organization.
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