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Monday, March 10, 2014
UNIVERSITY of the Visayas Green Lancers president and former congressman Eduardo Gullas praised Ginebra San Miguel’s Greg Slaughter’s decision to give way to the 12 players who worked hard for the Gilas Pilipinas to land a slot in the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain in August.
Gullas expressed his support to Slaughter, who became a target of scorn online in the past few days, after he announced he is giving up his slot in the 17-man pool chosen by national coach Chot Reyes for the Fiba World Cup and the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in September.
“Your (Slaughter) decision to let (the) original 12 (to) represent the Philippines in Spain shows character. I and your UV (family) hail and congratulate you. We are so proud of you. All the best,” Gullas said in a statement addressed to Slaughter.
Slaughter played for UV before transferring to the Ateneo de Manila University.
Netizens bashed Slaughter and San Miguel Beermen’s Marcio Lassiter after announcing their withdrawal from the pool last Friday.
Yesterday, Slaughter broke his silence and fired back at his critics, singling out veteran sports analyst Ronnie Natanielz.
“For all the bashers, please remember Marcio and I have proudly served the national team for four years straight. I even did everything I could in practice to help Gilas prepare for the World championship qualifier last August. While I have received a lot of supportive feedback, I am saddened to see how hateful some of my fellow countrymen have reacted to my decision while even some going as far as continuously expressing their hate online directly towards me or indirectly,” Slaughter posted his twitter account.
Aside from becoming a part of the original Gilas Pilipinas pool, Slaughter also helped Sinag Pilipinas in winning the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta in 2011.
Slaughter added that instead of wasting time and efforts in criticizing him and Lassiter, bashers should concentrate on helping Gilas’s preparation.
“I see no one more deserving than the 12 to go to Spain and play in this possible once in a lifetime opportunity. God willing I will play for the national team again as I have always been honored for the opportunity to represent the country I have called my home for the past 7 years,” Slaughter said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 11, 2014.