Tim Cone believes that the widespread criticisms that Greg Slaughter has been receiving from social media eventually forced the 31-year old Fil-Am to take an indefinite leave from the team.
Slaughter, who announced through his Twitter and Instagram accounts last February 8 that he is taking a break in order to work on all aspects of himself, was already removed from Brgy. Ginebra’s official roster for the upcoming 2020 Philippine Cup which kicks off on March 8 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I think he really needs to take a mental break. He wasn’t treated well on the internet as we all know. I think that just kinda weighed on him and, more importantly, on his family,” said Cone during the PBA Media Day at the Okada Manila on Thursday.
“I think that with the blessing and encouragement of his family, they want him to take a break,” he added.
The league’s most decorated bench tactician feels that the time away from the spotlight will work to the advantage of the top overall pick of the 2013 draft.
“As much as it hurts to miss him, this is going to be healthy for him. This is going to make him feel better and get him more prepared to play later on at a higher level,” said Cone.
“That’s what he has been saying, ‘I need to get myself right and get myself better as a player and a person.’ I’m all for it,” he added.