Weeks after Glenn Beck acolyte Tim Thomas skipped the Boston Bruins’ visit to the White House, the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy holder is in the news again after using his Facebook page to protest the federal mandate that requires faith-based organizations to pay for contraception for their female employees. Shortly after the Bruins were humiliated by the Sabres last night, Thomas grew impatient with the assembled media throng, who predictably, invited him to expand on his Facebook remarks. From the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy.
“It’s my personal life that has absolutely nothing to do with the Bruins or hockey and I’m going to use my right to remain silent,” said Thomas.
After giving several variations of that theme when he was repeatedly asked about it, he was reminded that Facebook is a public forum.
“You have the right to ask the questions but I have the right to not answer them,” said Thomas, who doesn’t believe that because he’s a public figure he must explain himself further.
“I don’t think that when you become an athlete that you sign away your right to be an individual and have your own views and post them on Facebook if you’d like.”
After the unproductive line of questioning continued, Thomas became irritated.
“We can do this every day, but from now on, the first question I’m asked about it, I’m done interviewing for that day,” said Thomas.
When asked if he regretted the posting, Thomas said, “I’m out. Peace.” And with that, he walked away from reporters.