Jared Dillinger was still a member of the Meralco Bolts when the team lost to Brgy. Ginebra twice in the Finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
In the middle of those losses, a distraught Dillinger took to Twitter to express his sentiments against the Gin Kings.
“Beat Ginebra. I can’t stand those guys,” wrote Dillinger in a tweet addressed to TNT after the KaTropa knocked the Bolts out in the quarfterfinals of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup and arranged a meeting with Brgy. Ginebra in the next round.
The tweet sparked a ‘friendly’ exchange with Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter who both made it clear to the Meralco forward that the feeling was mutual.
“Wow, we don’t feel too fond of you either Jared, Congrats to TNT though,” replied Devance. “We got so much more for you to be mad at, just be patient,” added Slaughter.
Fast forward to the present day and Dillinger would celebrate his sixth overall title and first as a member of the Gin Kings after the crownd darlings took down his former team, 4-1, in the championship round of the 2019 Governors’ Cup.
“Obviously, it’s a good feeling,” said the 36-year old Dillinger shortly after Brgy. Ginebra reclaimed the throne of the season-ending conference.
“This is my sixth championship. I haven’t had a chance to win a championship since my TNT days. I’m enjoying this moment and embrace it, have as much fun as I can with it,” he added.
The Fil-Am forward out of the University of Hawaii, however, admits that the latest victory in his 11-year PBA career was bittersweet since it came at the expense of his former squad.
“I had a lot of history there with the MVP Group and Meralco going against Ginebra. There’s a lot of memories and it’s surreal,” said Dillinger.
“Maybe after I celebrate with the team, sit down in my house, and have a couple of drinks just to relax, I’ll be able to think about this and kind of reflect what’s going on. Right now, it’s hard to put into words what just happened,” he added.