Thomas would like Braun to face media at Spring Training

Thomas would like Braun to face media at Spring Training

CHICAGO -- In Frank Thomas' estimation, the seventh Civil Rights Game was not the proper locale to discuss Ryan Braun's suspension or his recent statement explaining and apologizing for his PED usage. So, when Thomas was asked about the topic Saturday morning, he declined comment.

Make that, almost declined comment.

"I'll be honest with you. I don't even know why he came out with a statement. No one cares at this point," said Thomas. "Next season, come back and deal with the media stuff. Not right now."

Thomas, who amassed 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs over a 19-year career, has been an outspoken critic of those players who were perceived to have cheated the game.

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