Tim Thomas creates controversy on Facebook again, supports Chick-Fil-A

Published On July 26, 2012 | By Arielle Aronson

Another chapter has just begun of easily the most controversial period of Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas‘s career. The goalie has once again taken to Facebook to share his views on the hot topics of the day, and this time, Thomas is standing up for traditional marriage.

“I stand with Chick-Fil-A,” Thomas posted on Facebook before citing a few comments the family-owned business made in recent days. The Cathy family, which owns the restaurant chain, has drawn criticism for publicly reaffirming its opposition to gay marriage.

In an interview on the Ken Coleman Show, Chick-Fil-A president and CEO Dan Cathy said, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'”

Boston mayor Thomas Menino is one of many to criticize Cathy for his remarks, and in a letter to Cathy, Menino said, “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”

The lack of Chick-Fil-A in Boston should not affect Thomas, who said he will sit out the 2012-13 hockey season. Thomas will cost the Bruins $5 million in cap space if the team is unable to trade him. The goaltender waived his no-trade clause at the end of June, but the Bruins have yet to find destination for Thomas.

The quirky goaltender also ignited a firestorm of criticism in January when he refused to appear with his teammates at the White House in celebration of the 2011 Stanley Cup championship. Thomas said on Facebook at the time that his absence was due to his belief that the federal government was growing out of control.

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Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.