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Tim Thomas On His White House Snub

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The Boston Bruins met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday afternoon to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup. Starting goaltender (and staunch Republican) Tim Thomas declined the invitation, though, and as many correctly assumed, his absence was related to politics. Read his statement explaining his decision after the jump.

From NHL.com:

"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.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"