Tim Thomas Stands by ‘Individual’ Stance to Skip White House Trip, Calls Situation ‘Media-Driven’

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Tim Thomas Stands by 'Individual' Stance to Skip White House Trip, Calls Situation 'Media-Driven'Tim Thomas apparently didn't expect this type of reaction to his decision to skip the Bruins' trip to the White House earlier this week.

Thomas backed up his stance on Friday in Ottawa during All-Star weekend, and he said that he stands by his personal decision to forego the opportunity to go the White House and meet the president.

"I think it's all media-driven right now," Thomas said, according to The Boston Globe. "It has been from the start. Everything I said then was as an individual. It wasn't representative of the Boston Bruins. All it has to do is with me. It's separate from hockey. That's my personal life. Those are my personal views. Those are my personal beliefs. It has nothing to do with hockey. It has nothing to do with this All-Star Game."

Thomas was the only Bruin not to attend the Monday's ceremony in the nation's capital. He later issued a statement defending that decision saying that the government had "grown out of control," and said his decision to skip the visit was his "right as a Free Citizen."

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