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

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.

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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.

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