One of the dumbest moves I have ever seen an athlete make
1/ He put himself ahead of the team. This will eat away at many players throughout the season.
2/ He made a political statement out of a relatively a-poitical event. Thomas may not want to answer any questions about it, but he brought up politics, and oposing media and fans will constantly question his politics now and not talk about his hockey playing.
3/ He's supporting a divisive position in the political landscape. More than half of Americans in hockey playing states, and two thirds of Canadians will not support his political views, with many being vehemently opposed to them.
4/ Not visiting the white house is very unpatriotic and won't sit well with many Americans.
5/ He has given all oponents another weapon against him. If I am the opposing media, fans, and players I would be constantly needling Thomas until he cracks, and then needle him some more