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Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

Posted on: October 3, 2011 7:19 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 12:03 am
B. Berrian got into a Twitter spat with a state legislator (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian has had a terrible start to the season. In four games, he’s got exactly two receptions, and considering  he’s coming off a 28-catch season in 2010, he has to be wondering how much time he’s got left on Minnesota’s roster.

Which probably means he’s pretty crabby, which is probably why he lashed out at a Twitter follower’s statement that was actually somewhat mild. Thing is, Berrian didn’t know that the Twitter follower in question is actually, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a Minnesota state legislator who’s trying to get the Vikings a new stadium.

It all started when Berrian agreed with a follower who had written that he was constantly open on Sunday by writing, “Been like that the past four years.” That prompted Rep. John Kriesel, who co-sponsored the bill to open a new stadium in Arden Hills, to tweet this: "If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try @B_Twice who says that he's open a lot and should get the ball more." 

Responded Berrian: "Anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them. ... and if not sit down n shut up!!"

The problem with that -- and this is where it gets awkward -- is that Kriesel is an Iraq war veteran who lost both of his legs.

Berrian called Kriesel this morning to apologize, and Kriesel later said, “I'm a big boy. I can handle myself. I ripped him, he ripped me back. We had it going back and forth on Twitter a little bit. I have fun with Twitter. I'm over it. I was never offended by it.”

And, of course, Berrian had no idea who Kriesel was or what his story is.

So, everybody is cool with everybody else, and it seems like this story will get lost in the atmosphere sooner rather than later. But it’s a pretty good reminder for an NFL player who likes to get on Twitter. Maybe you’re just better off if you completely ignore your mentions. You never know when you’re going to make yourself look like a fool by telling a man without legs who served his country to sit down and shut up.

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Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:56 am

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

Vikings just can't CATCH a break!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:32 am

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

Have Ponder ready and get Adrian some help ..

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:28 am

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

Hey Rod Not-So-Smart, a quadriplegic means someone who has paralysis to all limbs from injury/disease, and can be partial loss or total loss of all motor skills/control. It doesnt mean that the limbs are missing. Take 2 seconds out of your criticism of someone else and check your facts before opening your own mouth. Yeah, the writer got it wrong, but so did you, so give the guy a break. if we were all perfect all of the time then i guess you would be pretty bored with no one out there to criticize. Tool.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:15 am

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

Give me a break.  The dude talked smack and got smacked talked back to him... wtf does him being a vet or in a wheel chair have anything to do with it. 

Gotta love these a-hole CBS writers who always try to crucify and make the athletes look like bad guys for anything and everything... no wonder none of these CBS bums can get an actual interview or first-hand story...

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:47 pm

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

You've been open for 4 years, and they STILL won't pass to you?  hmmmmmmm

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:26 pm

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

A quadriplegic?   Stick with the vocabulary you know, you make Berrian and kriesel look like saints.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 7:50 pm

"quad" = four

Josh Katowitz is just as bad as Berrian.  Berrian didn't know the guy was missing both his legs.  Josh does, yet calls him something that refers to people who are missing both legs AND both arms.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 7:44 pm

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

I will only say this-- the color purple combined with the name Bernard Berrian make me think of a giant juicy raspberry. NOM NOM NOM NOM

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 7:26 pm

Bernard Berrian makes a big Twitter no-no

So, what, do we give people who act like asses a pass because they are in wheelchairs? This is not news at all. The guy talked trash to Berrian and Berrian responded back in kind. It's not like he knew the man's condition THEN mocked his disability. THAT would have made him look like a fool...

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