Jared Dillinger isn't just OK being branded as Barangay Ginebra's public enemy No. 1; he seems to savor the reputation.
The Meralco forward spoke with Eric Menk in a podcast Menk released on Friday, where Dillinger expounded on his ongoing quest to rile up the most rabid sports fan base in the country.
"It's the best. When they boo you, it's fun. It's partially why I keep talking every now and then," Dillinger said.
Dillinger vs. Ginebra can be traced back to last year's PBA Governors' Cup when Ginebra beat Meralco 4-2 in the finals to win the championship.
His frustration escalated in June, when after TNT ousted Meralco in the Commissioner's Cup he tweeted this:
"It wasn't even that big, it just kind of blew out of proportion a little bit," Dillinger told Menk.
"I'm pissed. I'm mad. We want to play Ginebra. So of course, I get on Twitter. I say a couple of things.
"And I get a floodgate of just great messages toward me, my character, anything they can find on me."
The taunts toward Dillinger didn't stop there. "It got a little bit worse once Ginebra lost to Talk N Text, so I got a little backlash from that," he recalled.
When Meralco played Ginebra in the current Governors' Cup on July 23, the Barangay naturally made sure to do its best to get under Dillinger's skin.
"I'm getting name-calls like people from the sides, just cussing me out," Dillinger said.
"What made it a little bit worse was in the first half, I was just a basket egg, 0 for 7 from the field so each missing shot, the crowd was getting obnoxious. I definitely felt the heat for sure."
Dillinger wouldn't allow Ginebra's supporters to dance on his grave again, as he scored 17 points to help Meralco win 93-78.
Judging by the amusement he finds in messing with the Barangay, Dillinger doesn't seem to mind poking the bear.
"They're asking me, 'Do you have any remorse or regret for anything that you said on Twitter?' And I'm just like, 'No, of course, I don't," Dillinger said. "I don't like those guys. I don't like any of 'em.' "
The full video of Menk's interview with Dillinger runs here.
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