Cindy Boren
The Washington Post
January 24, 2012

It wasn’t about “politics or party” affiliation, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said. He chose not to join his teammates Monday at a White House reception celebrating their Stanley Cup championship for other reasons.

In a statement on Facebook, Thomas cited his belief that “the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties and Property of the People.” For that reason, Thomas said, “I exercised my right as a Free Citizen. … This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country.”

Thomas has drawn criticism — and praise — for the decision, which he posted at 6 p.m. Monday and says will be his final comment on the matter.

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