(BOSTON) — Earlier this week, the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins visited the White House to celebrate their championship. Despite the celebration, goalie Tim Thomas (one of the key members of their Stanley Cup run) decided not to attend. He did so for political reasons, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he isn’t to pleased with Thomas’ decision.
“He’s a phenomenal hockey player and he’s entitled to his views,” Patrick said on WTKK-FM. “It just feels like we are losing in this country basic courtesy and grace.”
“I believe the federal government has grown out of control, threatening the rights, liberties, and property of the people,” Thomas said on his Facebook page.
Thomas was the Stanley Cup finals MVP for the Bruins, so his absence was easily noticeable. Despite the criticism Thomas has received from the incident, Thomas has come out and said the team supports his decision not to attend the ceremony.
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