FLASHBACK: Media Attacked NHL Player For Skipping White House Visit Under Obama
People seem to have forgotten that the tone has changed a lot on athletes skipping White House visits.
The Eagles have been in the news nonstop ever since President Trump disinvited them from their Wednesday visit after it became clear many players weren’t going. ESPN has hardly been critical of the Super Bowl champions at all for skipping the White House event.
Well, that’s not how ESPN always handled situations like this. An article from the network’s Joe McDonald in 2012 was incredibly critical of Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas for skipping out on the White House under Obama. (RELATED: NFL PLAYER’S UNION RESPONDS TO TRUMP CANCELING EAGLES’ WHITE HOUSE VISIT)
McDonald wrote the following in his article, which was titled, “Tim Thomas put himself above team”:
There’s no denying Thomas’ patriotism. He represented Team USA as an Olympian and has called it one of his most memorable moments of his career.
But when the president of the United States invites you and all your teammates to the White House to honor your Stanley Cup championship, you go and represent the team.
On Monday, Thomas instead chose to represent himself.
Thomas’ absence was uncalled for. The president has more important things to worry about with Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
But it’s going to be interesting to see what this does to the State of the Bruins.