NOTE: This article was originally published October 4, 2011.
Bernard Berrian has two catches on 16 targets through four games with the Vikings this season, a regrettable stat line that I’d wager is equal parts the result of Donovan McNabb playing quarterback and Berrian playing wide receiver. After Berrian’s claim on Twitter that he’d been open “the last four years,” Viking fan John Kriesel tweeted the following:
If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try @B_Twice (Bernard Berrian) who says that he’s open a lot and should get the ball more.
To which Berrian responded:
@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!
The only problem is that Kriesel is already sitting down, because he lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Fallujah while serving with the Minnesota National Guard. BONUS AWKWARDNESS: Kriesel is now a Minnesota state representative fighting to keep the Vikings in Minnesota.
All in all, it was a pretty mild Twitter exchange, Kriesel wasn’t offended, and the two have since traded phone calls. But that didn’t stop the media from blowing it out of proportion and saying that Berrian went “thermonuclear” on a double-amputee Iraq veteran.
Though it’s easy to feel sorry for Berrian due to the reactionary nature of the blogosphere, this isn’t the first time Berrian has gone over the line in responding to his Twitter haters. Judging by the not-at-all fabricated screencaps below, maybe it’s time Berrian clicked on some profiles and did some Googling about Twitter users before responding to their criticism.
CLARIFICATION: THESE ARE FAKE TWEETS THAT I CREATED IN PHOTOSHOP. THE POPE DID NOT TWEET AT BERNARD BERRIAN. THE DALAI LAMA DOES NOT HAVE A FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM. BERNARD BERRIAN DID NOT THREATEN TO KICK A PUPPY WHO TWEETED AT HIM. THIS IS SATIRE PEOPLE.
Headline: BERNARD BERRIAN TELLS POPE TO GO TO HELL
Headline: BERNARD BERRIAN TELLS STEPHEN HAWKING TO STAND UP
Headline: BERNARD BERRIAN CALLS DOWN SYNDROME ACTOR ‘RETARDED’
Headline: BERNARD BERRIAN KICKS PUPPIES
Headline: BERNARD BERRIAN DEFINITELY DOESN’T CARE ANY MORE
Dude, Bernard. Over the line.