Not long after refusing to attend a Boston Bruin team event at the White House because he is not happy with the way his country is being governed, Tim Thomas has again stuck his hockey skate into the political waters.
Or so it seems.
When he decided to miss the White House visit Thomas, who has an affection for the Tea Party, an uber-right wing, religious offshoot of the U.S. Republican Party, posted on his Facebook page to explain why. That posting was anti-government but it isn't clear what this Feb. 8 posting is, though it is clear that it is creating another distraction for the Boston Bruins.
Tim Thomas on Facebook - again
This time Thomas wrote the following on Facebook : "I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom" and followed it by writings from 20th century German pastor, Martin Niemöller. It's a passage that begins: "In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist..." and continues until it ends with "then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."
It seems logical he's making a statement against something but it's not sure what. His Facebook page has a number of uncomplimentary photos of U.S. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and phrases deriding him. This might be of little interest except the media, in the Bruins dressing room after practice today, wanted to talk about it. Not surprisingly, Thomas did not.
"I say that's my personal life and that has absolutely nothing to do with the Bruins or hockey and I'm going to use my right to remain silent,'' he said. Multiple times. The media kept asking about his comments and politics, questions like 'was he looking to run for political office' and 'did he think that it would be a distraction to the team,' and so on.
Tim Thomas: ending media questions
Thomas, whose teammates were similarily grilled about their feelings on him missing the White House visit, kept telling the media on this day that he wouldn't respond, each time in words identical or similar to his words above. Finally, flustered, he said that from that moment on any time that he was asked about his Facebook postings or politics, he would make it the last question he would answer on that day.
And with that he ended the questioning for that day.