I just do not think that this was the proper forum to do it. You are being congratulated for winnning the cup. Nothing more nothing less.
Don' like the guy in charge now, that's fine and it's your right, but go out and campaign for an opponent of the guy.
You can not like the current POTUS and still be man enough and mature enough to accept his compliments.
Tim Thomas chose a poor time to make his statement and it represented a me first attitude.
He's clearly doing this for his country, not exactly me first in my books. And who is he going to support when there are typically only two real canidates both from parties he, and many others, have been dismayed by. It is always appropriate to stand up for your beliefs, the fact is this brought more awareness than your proposed alternative could. Opportunity knocked and he answered, good for him.
It's also his right to not attend, the current administration is a joke and the opperation of the government has been largely hijacked by the CIA and Fed. Governemts are elected by corporations/wealthy elite and not the people, as they determin the legitimacy of a canidate through the funding they provide. I'd oppose Facism too if it was prevelant in my country. And before you tell me i'm ridiculous for saying America is becoming facist look up what facism is, it isn't what you probably think it is. It's essentially corporatism.
It's not so much that he chose to do what he did as a free citizen, it's how it impacts his teammates and coaches and ownership. It puts them in a very awkward situation as the press and the fans are going to question the players.
"Do you think what Thomas did was right?"
If you're a player on the Bruins how do you possibly answer that while maintaining neutrality?
Thomas can act however he wants as an individual, it's his right as an American citizen, but as Einstien correctly pointed out, for every action, there is an equal or greater reaction. We shall see what that reaction is. But according to several sources Top to Bottom from ownership to teammates, they're not all too happy with Thomas at the moment because it overshadowed what should have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Bruins as a whole team
Einstein also pointed out the cowardace/grave implications of not standing up for your beliefs. Honestly hockey isn't as important as this, and if this bothers his teammates (as in they think less of him) they weren't exactly his friends.