Neely: Invitation to White House was 'an honor'

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Neely: Invitation to White House was 'an honor'

Cam Neely stuck to the team's party line -- that Tim Thomas has the right as an American citizen to choose not to attend an event at the White House -- but made it clear Tuesday that Thomas' beliefs, at least when it comes to the ceremony itself, are not his beliefs.
"As an honor. It was an honor," the Bruins president said on 'Felger and Mazz' when asked how he viewed the team's invitation to the White House by President Obama to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship. "Regardless of what your political views are, in my view it doesn't matter. You're getting invited by the current president to be honored as a team for your accomplishment as a team.
"I am very blessed that I'm in this country," added Neely, a Canadian native who now has dual citizenship (and whose wife and children are American).
Thomas -- in a Facebook post that he vows will be his only public statement on the subject -- claimed his snub was not directed at the president but at the growing reach of the federal government. Neely feels the goalie should have set his political beliefs aside.
"Certainly Tim has the right to have his feelings and express them how he wishes," Neely said, "but I felt this was a team event and it would have been nice for him to be a part of."
Thomas' teammates say the incident isn't going to affect them or their feelings for him, and Neely agrees.
"No, I don't believe so," he said when asked if it would be a locker-room problem. "For the most part, Tim has kept his views to himself . . . being in a locker room for as long as I have, and the age group the guys are, it's shocking to say there's not a lot of political talk."
He is, however, slightly worried about the future.
"I have concerns about how the incident and its aftermath is going to affect him," Neely said. "I certainly hope it won't . . .
"But he's a pretty strong-willed individual and he's had this me-against-the-world mentality through his career."

Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office. 

Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president. 

"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.

"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."

Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition. 

"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."