Berrian straightens out Twitter mess with double amputee

The Twitter flare-up between Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian and Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel, an Iraw war veteran and double amputee, has ended.

Berrian apologized publicly today for the back-and-forth he and Kriesel had Sunday night when Berrian invited him to watch game film with him (to see just how open Berrian has been getting) or “sit down n shut up.”

Here’s the kicker to the whole deal: Kriesel is a cpo-author of a bill to get a new stadium built for the Vikings in Arden Hills, a battle that has been going on for most of the year. The Wilf family, which owns the team, has been seeking a new stadium for years.

I wouldn't say it was a war. Nobody got shot,” Berrian said. “Just a couple friendly words going back and forth between two people."

Kriesel said: “I'm a big boy," he said. "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.”

Berrian didn’t know who Kriesel was when it started, and he didn’t know he was injured in battle. Berrian reached out to Kriesel and it’s all better. Maybe they’ll watch some tape together to see just how open Berrian – who has just two receptions – has been getting.

“If he can get down here and watch it, I'll be glad to definitely watch it,” Berrian said.

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