Mass Governor Weighs in on Bruins Thomas Absence at the White House

Mass. gov suggests goalie's DC snub was rude

      BOSTON (AP) – The governor of Massachusetts says a Boston Bruins
goalie's decision to skip a White House ceremony with President
Barack Obama honoring the Stanley Cup champions points to the
country's growing loss of “basic courtesy and grace.”

      Tim Thomas has said he skipped Monday's event because the
federal government was “out of control,” but he blamed both

      Gov. Deval Patrick was asked about the snub Thursday during his
monthly program on WTKK-FM. He didn't directly criticize Thomas,
but suggested the snub showed disrespect toward the presidency.
      The Democratic governor says while he disagreed with many of
former President George W. Bush's policies, he was always
respectful when he met with the Republican president.

      Patrick added Thomas is a “phenomenal” player and is entitled
to his views.

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