Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas refused to take part in the president worship that occurs when a winning sports teams visits the White Temple. Here is his great statement:
"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"
(Thanks to Gerard Bruin)
UPDATE from Bill Potter:
I saw a brief mention of this online yesterday, yet no report on ESPN's Sportscenter broadcast. Last year, with long faces, they had to report on Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall's criticism of 9-11 10 year anniversary-ism.
The uber-politically correct world of sports being what it is, Mendenhall backtracked a bit to cool the heat, but it's good to see a few pros like Thomas and Peyton Hillis (who declared his support for Ron Paul during the season) standing up against the machine.
Thanks for posting the quote. Now I'll be able to admire Thomas's backbone as well as his backstopping.
UPDATE from Charlie Anderson:
Good for Tim Thomas! Why do people consider meeting a man who can kill and incarcerate people on his whim and rob Peter to pay Paul an honor? I would be honored to meet Tim Thomas's boss, Bruin's owner Jeremy Jacobs. He produces and supplies products people voluntarily want to purchase. I thank him for producing an exciting Stanley Cup winning hockey team which I have loved since my childhood. By the way, by displaying the courage of his convictions, has has done something the President of Notre Dame did not do.