As a servicemember, I can tell you that myself and all of my hockey-loving shipmates don't see it as a slight to the military / citizens / nation. (Small sample size obviously but still)
The man just didn't want to go there because he doesn't agree with the direction the country is headed. I see nothing wrong with him making that choice. He has displayed his patriotism for the country many times, so I don't think that reaction is what he intended by doing this.
I'm really glad you feel that way.
I personally see it as his duty as a public representative. You DO have a role when you strive to become a celebrated public figure for any reason. To me it is his duty to show up and shake hands with a smile on his face. How would you feel if Obama publicly refused to have the Stanley Cup winners to the White House because he felt the sport was too violent? It's his right to do so - and it's fine to respect his balls calling out the sport like that... but it's COMPLETELY inappropriate. They have a responsibility above their role as an average US citizen makin' a statement.
Everyone is SOOO self important. SUCK IT UP! WHo GIVES A sh!t WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY???? Any public figure has a responsibility to not alienate people doing something out of the ordinary. A hockey player HAS indeed chosen to be a public figure. And if Thomas thinks hes not and that this isn't part of his responsibility he should have called in sick. If he thinks he's got this wonderful opportunity to speak out -- well what a horses ass he is. Niedermayer shook George W. Bush's hand enough. THAT is honor. The other is just as I keep saying self important self-indulgent bullsh!t.
I'm glad it's not offending anyone all the same. I'm not offended. I just think he's a jackass of the first water!
Edited by Pepperkorn, 24 January 2012 - 11:07 AM.