Bernard Berrian tells legless Iraq war vet 'sit down n shut up!'
Twitter is a wonderful online forum for professional athletes to reach the public and remove any kind of filter when it comes to the message they want to spread.
It’s also a very dangerous environment where they can do damage to themselves.
That’s just what happened to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who engaged in some back-and-forth with followers on Sunday night and eventually told one fan to “sit down n shut up!!” It wasn’t just any fan, though. It was John Kriesel, a Minnesota state representative who is a double amputee and an Iraq war veteran.
Berrian is supposed to hold a press conference of sorts in the Vikings locker room this afternoon in an effort to clear up this mess. It all started Sunday night after the Vikings fell to 0-4 with a 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Berrian has two catches for 37 yards on the season and said that’s not a reflection of how open he’s been.
When Kriesel challenged him on Twitter, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that’s when things took a turn for the worse.
Berrian wrote on his account @B_Twice: “@johnkriesel Anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them. And if not sit down n shut up!!”
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said at his press conference that he instructed Berrian to call Kriesel and apologize for his remarks.
A major free-agent addition in 2008, Berrian has struggled for three seasons now and he’s clearly not blocking out the criticism.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune