Bruins' Tim Thomas Turns Down White House Invitation For Political Reasons

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 22: Tim Thomas #30 and Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins defend the net against Scott Hartnell #19 and Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 22, 2012 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 6-5 after a shootout. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas declined an invitation to attend the White House when his team was honored by President Barack Obama Monday afternoon, and plans to announce his reasons for turning down the offer Monday night at 6 p.m. on his Facebook page, Sports Illustrated reports.

Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas declined an invitation to attend the White House when his team was honored by President Barack Obama Monday afternoon, and plans to announce his reasons for turning down the offer Monday night at 6 p.m. on his Facebook page, Sports Illustrated reports.

The Bruins were asked to visit the White House as a result of their 2011 Stanley Cup title.

It was reported in Sports Illustrated that Thomas' decision is is known as a staunch Republican, noting in the Bruins media guide that one of his favorite television shows is the Glenn Beck Show and he would very much like to meet Beck.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that everyone has the right to his opinion, noting that it isn't the first time an athlete has turned down an invitation to visit the White House, but quickly distanced the organization from the decision.

"Whatever he will say is not reflective of our organization's views or beliefs," Chiarelli said.

For more Bruins coverage, visit our team page or our blog Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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