ARVIE Bringas and Justin Chua have let bygones be bygones after the infamous spitting incident that made headlines during the last UAAP season.
The two players once again crossed paths on Tuesday, weeks after Far Eastern University mainstay Bringas gained notoriety as well as a one-game suspension for spitting on Chua's face during a highly charged match against Ateneo - an act caught by television cameras.
However, there was no sign of animosity when Bringas, now playing for Big Chill, faced Chua and the rest of the Blackwater Sports team in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. They even guarded one another during the lopsided match won by Bringas’ Superchargers, 74-63.
“Okay na kami (ni Justin), wala namang personalan sa nangyari,” said Bringas afterwards.
Chua seconded Bringas’ statement, saying he and Bringas had bumped into each other a couple of times before since Blackwater holds its practices in the same facility as Big Chill.
“Same practice venue kami, nagbabatian kami,” said Chua.
Bringas and Chua had contrasting fortunes in the collegiate league after the incident, with Bringas’ Tamaraws missing the Final Four and Chua’s Blue Eagles winning their fifth consecutive crown.
The two said they have put the incident behind them. Chua even has UST mainstays for teammates at Blackwater.
“Hindi ko iniiisip ‘yung sa UAAP dahil tapos na ‘yun. Iniisip ko lang na magiging competitive … First game lang namin, sana next game maayos na kami,” said Chua.