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Tim Thomas: 'I followed my conscience'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 26, 2012 08:27 PM

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GATINEAU, Quebec -- Tim Thomas has made his first public comments following his decision not to attend the Bruins' White House ceremony on Monday.

After being selected by Zdeno Chara for Sunday's NHL All-Star Game, Thomas spoke with TSN.

"I followed my conscience," Thomas said. "I'm extremely grateful for all the support I've gotten from my teammates, fans, and friends. I said in my statement that was the only time I'd be addressing that topic. We're here in Ottawa to celebrate the game of hockey. I'm extremely excited to be part of that."

After the draft, Thomas reiterated he had no interest in specifying his issues on his decision.

"Everything I said in my statement, I believe to be the absolute truth," Thomas said. "I don't believe I need to revisit something I stated so clearly."

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