One of the most important pieces to the Boston Bruins' 2010 Stanley Cup run, MVP goalie Tim Thomas, was not at the team's White House visit to Barack Obama. It wasn't because he doesn't like Obama, it wasn't because he's a strict Republican, and it definitely wasn't because he forgot his identification. According to Thomas, he was simply exercising his right as a free citizen. He took to his official Facebook page to explain his stance: 

"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."

We see no problem with this, and you probably shouldn't either. He's absolutely correct in the fact that it's completely up to him. If GM Peter Chiarelli thought it was wrong, he could have made the event mandatory and suspended Thomas for not coming, but he didn't. It is a free country, after all. 

[via Puck Daddy]

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