CEBUANO big man Greg Slaughter took the first step toward a potential return to Barangay Ginebra as he apologized to the team’s management for how he handled his self-imposed sabbatical.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, the University of the Visayas product issued an apology to San Miguel Corp. chief Ramon S. Ang and San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua for what transpired last year.
“My only regret is that the communication between myself and management, particularly Boss RSA and Coach @alfrancischua, did not go as smoothly as I would have wanted. I want to apologize to them and the rest of management for any misunderstanding or bad feelings that may have occurred because of my decision,” wrote the seven-footer.
“My only wish now for the coming year is to leave that in the past and have the opportunity to suit up again for the best fans in the world. I have learned so much this past year and I am excited to show everyone that the next phase of my career will be the best one yet,” he said.
In January 2020, Slaughter issued a statement on his Instagram page that he was taking a break from the sport after his contract with Ginebra expired. Slaughter’s decision stunned many as it came not long after Ginebra won the Governors’ Cup title.
At that time, Slaughter said, he wanted to improve himself and made good on that by regularly training with Gary Boyson at the DME Sports Facility in Florida.
“My intention was purely to improve myself both as a person and as a basketball player. Basketball has been my life for close to 30 years and I needed to step away for a while in order to start enjoying the game again,” Slaughter said.
“The time away has made me a better person in all aspects and now, as a married man, I am very excited at the prospect of being able to play again,” he said.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Chua cleared the air and said that there was no bad blood between him and Slaughter.
“There is no bad blood. I think he’s mature enough to realize that what he did is wrong,” said Chua.
Chua said he’s been busy with work and that he will see if he can talk to Slaughter after the holidays.