Boston Bruins goalie and Stanley Cup MVP Tim Thomas declined to accompany his team to the White House today to meet President Barak Obama (as is customary with the champions of major North American sports). His stated reason "I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People." On one hand I respect his rights to have his political beliefs, boycotting a team bonding event for personal reasons feels petty and childish. Go there to be with your teammates, even if you disagree with the politics of the day. Feel free to post on your Facebook page that you lament doing so, but that you are still going to go to be with the team. The only reason not to go is if you were not on the team when they won the championship, like offseason acquisitions. That's when you stay home and tell your teammates that you want to meet the President next year.
George Bush was President for 8 years, and I can't recall any NHLers declining the invitation for political reasons. I'm sure there were plenty of hockey players who did not like him, but went to the White House anyway because it is a team event. This is not about Tim Thomas and it is not about Obama, it is about the Boston Bruins 2010/11 Stanley Cup Champions.
Go and meet the damned President Tim!