Brgy. Ginebra team governor Alfrancis Chua is set to personally meet with apologetic center Greg Slaughter anytime this week.
Chua disclosed that he’ll sit down with the 7-foot Fil-Am and hear the story behind his decision to leave the country shortly after the Gin Kings reclaimed the Governors’ Cup crown last January of 2019.
“Siguro mag-uusap kami this week. Sa panahon ngayon, itong pandemic na ito, ang gulu-gulo na nga, makikipag-away pa ba. Pakinggan natin yung rason niya. Kung kayang intindihin, intindihin natin,” said Chua who concurrently acts as sports director for all three SMC teams in the PBA.
Through a post on his social media account, Slaughter apologized to Chua, SMC top honcho Ramon Ang and to the rest of team management for the sudden move which he claimed has due to his desire to improve himself both as a person and as a basketball player.
“Nagsabi siya, nag sosorry siya sa management, teammates niya. Hindi naman bata yan matanda na yan, respetuhin na lang. Wala namang bad blood yan, ilang months din nawala, nag asawa na, napag isip-isip niya na siguro. Gustong maglaro na rin at bumalik sa Ginebra,” said Chua.
Despite the big man’s absence, however, the team went on to capture the 2020 Philippine Cup title inside the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga.
And that accomplishment wasn’t lost on Chua.
“We won a championship with him and without him. So parehong na-experience ng players yun,” said the former Gin Kings mentor.
The scheduled meeting between the two does not, however, guarantee the return of the 1st overall pick of the 2013 draft.
“Kailangan nating tingnan kung ano talaga ang reasoning kung bakit. Hindi naman tayo ganun kasalbahe na hindi natin papakinggan yung reason behind that,” said Chua.
Asked if RSA will also attend the meeting, Chua said that it will only be him and Slaughter.
“Kami na lang siguro. Kami na lang muna maguusap. Palagay ko okay na yun.”