Bernard Berrian (Denny Medley/US Presswire)
Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian responded to several critical tweets about him after Sunday’s loss, opening up the heated lines of communication between the receiver and frustrated Vikings fans.
The frustration between Vikings fans and receiver Bernard Berrian hit a new low after Minnesota’s 22-17 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs. Berrian got into a Twitter feud with a few fans, including one Minnesota representative who has been a proponent of a Vikings stadium proposal.
It started when someone going by @DreDaydaBoSS tweeted “Get [Donovan] McNabb *** outta foreal.. Take the bum @B_Twice with you too.”
Two minutes later, @DreDaydaBoSS tweeted, “McNabb benched, [Leslie] Frazier fired, Berrian cut and [Christian] Ponder starting. All of this will happen within the next month.”
“B_Twice” is Berrian’s verified Twitter account, and Berrian has two just two catches this season, a point of frustration for many Vikings fans.
About a half hour after those postings, Berrian responded, “u a b----. Talkin over the Internet. U wouldn't say a damn thing if u ever saw me.”
Another Twitter user going by @TheReal_Cuz came to Berrian’s defense, writing, “@B_Twice saw u wide open at least 5 times....starting the #getBTwicetherockCampaign enough is enough.”
Berrian responded, “@TheReal_Cuz been like that the last 4 yrs.”
That response didn’t sit well with @DreDaydaBoSS, who wrote, “Bernard berrian don't blame that [expletive] on McNabb. Point blank period you ain't did [expletive] since you came to Vikings your career is over.”
About three hours later, Berrian tweeted, “Gotta swagga make'em hate me!!”
That prompted a response from Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) from District 57A, who wrote on his Twitter account, “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.”
Within minutes, Berrian fired back via Twitter: “anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them … and if not sit down n shut up!!”
Kriesel responded: “Don't be pissed at me dude. Make a play.”
And to another person on Twitter, Kriesel wrote, “I don't expect Berrian to care if I'm a stadium supporter or not. He won't be in the NFL when the stadium opens...”
Shane Drahota (@sdrahota), the assistant athletic director for compliance and student services at Minnesota State University, where the Vikings hold training camp, got involved.
“Way to tell a war veteran – and a person who lost his legs serving our country – to "sit down n shut up!!" #Classy,” Drahota wrote, referring to Kriesel’s military service (he lost his legs serving in Iraq).
Of course, Berrian responded to that, too: “Shouldn't have opened his mouth. Especially bout something he knows nothing about. How classy is that of him?? … and for future reference both my parents and my older bro served in the military.”
And it wasn’t over there.
At 7:29 p.m., about 4½ hours after the Twitter exchanges started right after the Vikings’ loss, David Brown (@dbrownkelo), who is a weekend anchor/reporter for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D., wrote, “In the past hour @B_Twice has about fives [sic] times as many tweets as receptions this season for the #Vikings. #WhereAreYouBernard?”
Berrian responded to that tweet within a minute: “@dbrownkelo somewhere u could never be.”
With the Vikings sitting at 0-4 and Berrian with two catches in 17 targets this season, frustration is even more prevalent than the heated Twitter exchanges.
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.