National Post’s Joe O’Connor applauds Tim Thomas’s decision to decline an invitation to the White House:
Pros are mercenaries. They are out to win — and to make a buck — and by actually making a statement on the paralytic state of affairs in American government Thomas should be applauded, or at least, accorded a measure of respect for actually listening to his conscience and exercising his right as an American citizen by saying no to something he didn’t want to do instead of being a good hockey-sheep and saying “baa” when the White House beckoned.
And why didn’t the 2011 Conn Smythe trophy winner as playoff MVP want to tour the White House with his teammates and mug for a few photos with President Obama? Thomas posted a message on his Facebook page articulating his belief that “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.”
Bonus classy move: TSN personality Dave Hodge insinuates that Thomas is a klansmen.