Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/23/12
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Back when the Chicago White Sox won the World Series, I listened to a lot of right wingnut extremists tell me things like

“How dare he (then Sox manager Ozzie Guillen) disrespect the President (then George W. Bush) by waving the Venezuelan flag instead of an American one.”

“How dare Guillen bring the pennant to Venezuela, to Hugo Chavez, no one is above a trip to the White House.”

Well, I said then that the President is a man, he doesn’t walk on water, he’s a man. I hated W. and I was all for anyone who wants to snub him, go ahead and snub him.

I’m a Barack Obama supporter and now that a championship winning athlete is snubbing him, someone I approve of, I still the say the same thing- If you want to snub him, Tim Thomas, go ahead and snub him.

As much as I hated the W. regime that how much I hate the delusional political persuasion of Tim Thomas. But I will defend to the death his right to have those ******, delusional beliefs.

From Puck Daddy:

Bruins team president Cam Neely said the decision was Thomas’s and the team honored his choice.

“Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs. He chose not to join us,” said Neely. “We certainly would have liked to have him come and join us but that’s his choice. All the guys came except for Tim. It’s his decision and his choice.”

While his politics aren’t common knowledge among many hockey fans, Thomas hasn’t hidden his political leanings. He’s a fan of former Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck, once saying he aspired to appear on Beck’s talk show as a guest.

Big Government, a website founded by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, celebrated Thomas as a “true Tea Party patriot” for having “In God We Trust” and the Gadsden flag on his mask. From Big Government:

In addition to displaying his support for the Tea Party on the ice, Thomas is a FreedomWorks donor, giving generously right before the historic November 2010 elections, according to the FEC.

Chiarelli said he hoped Thomas’s decision not to attend the White House event wouldn’t overshadow the Bruins’ day.

Expect a lot of politically uninteresting, apolitical and far right leaning people to make a big deal out of this. I don’t the centrists, and my fellow leftists will care. There is a time when dissidence requires more introspection and coverage. This isn’t one of those times.

Thomas is one of just two Americans on the roster, and he is supposed to announce to the media his explanation as to why on his Facebook page in a matter of minutes/hours.

And as Yahoo again points out- He’s not the first nor the last athlete to choose not to visit the White House.

Tim isn’t breaking new ground here or anything.

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