Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Bearing with Bernard Berrian

Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian called and apologized to Minnesota Representative John Kriesel following a Twitter exchange between the two. Kriesel started the exchange by criticizing Berrian's claims that he's always open. In response, Berrian told Kriesel to 'sit down and shut up.' What Berrian didn't know is that Kriesel is an avid Vikings fan in support of a new stadium. He's also a war veteran that lost both legs in combat.
Author:

After some time to think, and perhaps a call from a Vikings public relations professional, Bernard Berrian apologized for his poorly-aimed Twitter outburst.

The exchange started after the loss Sunday against Kansas City that brought the Vikings record to 0-4. Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, mocked Berrian via Twitter saying, ""If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try @B_Twice (Bernard Berrian)."

Berrian blasted back, telling Kriesel to 'sit down and shut up.'

1500ESPN's Judd Zulgad says Berrian had no idea that Kriesel happened to be a co-author for the bill to build a new Vikings stadium or that he is a decorated war veteran who lost both legs in Iraq.

Berrian, while speaking with reporters Monday, said it was "friendly words going back and forth between two people." Kriesel agreed and said he's a "big boy" and wasn't offended.

It's not the first time Berrian's affinity for expressing himself on Twitter backfired on him. Last year he launched a peremptory attack against anyone questioning his fire for the game because he sat on the sideline.

Next Up

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

st anthony 3 crop

Twin Cities police ask for help finding missing 16-year-old

Police say all her family and friends have been contacted, and none of them know where she is.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help

The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

redmons popcorn colbert 2

Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure

The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.

prior lake high school

Prior Lake HS investigating another 'racist' video involving student

The principal said the social media video was reported to them this week.

Screen Shot 2021-12-03 at 3.08.27 PM

Walz: Minnesota has secured 1 million rapid, at-home COVID tests for kids

It comes as the delta variant continues to surge in Minnesota, and the omicron variant might follow.

boundary waters

Forest Service limiting permits to BWCAW due to damage, overcrowding

Visitors have been cutting down trees and have been forced to compete for campsites.

police lights

Lockdown update: Armed man threatened to go to Kimball High School

A high school and elementary school near St. Cloud went into lockdown as a precaution.

chaska sewer

People in Chaska are flushing the wrong crap down the toilet

Water and sewer crews in Chaska have had to clean the same pump four times in the past seven days.

Brian O'Neill

Matthew Coller: What if the Vikings didn't have Detroit?

The Lions have been like two freebies on the Vikings' schedule the past three seasons.

Related

Frazier: Bernard Berrian's deactivation isn't a political one

Coach Leslie Frazier says receiver Bernard Berrian was deactivated as a 'coach's decision' and had nothing to do with his well-publicized Twitter battle with state Rep. John Kriesel. Although he didn't offer specifics, Frazier suggested the decision was a locker room issue.

Bernard Berrian: 'I'm doing all I can do'

A single catch among the Vikings' three games. That's the reality Bernard Berrian confronts as he heads into game four of the season against Kansas City Sunday. He tells the Star Tribune he's getting open, doing the things he always does, but just can't seem to connect.

Berrian likely to start against Bears

Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian was deactivated last week for reportedly missing team meetings, but he is expected to start Sunday night against his former team. Berrian spent the first four years of his career playing for the Bears.

Interior design company drops lawsuit on Bernard Berrian

A week ago the Vikings cut Bernard Berrian, now the wide receiver is being sued by an interior design company. Berrian allegedly hasn't payed up on $204,000 worth of interior design work done on his 20th floor penthouse in the Ivy Tower in Minneapolis.

Berrian will be back in the lineup Sunday

Bernard Berrian is expected to be back in the Vikings' lineup this weekend against the Chicago Bears. The wide receiver was benched during Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Head coach Leslie Frazier says he doesn't "foresee any future problems" from Berrian.

Berrian says benching is 'old news'

After practice Wednesday, Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian was pressed for answers as to why he was deactivated last week against Arizona. Berrian refused to shed light on why he was benched and said it was old news and he didn’t want to talk about the past.

Vikings waive struggling WR Bernard Berrian

Wide receiver Bernard Berrian was released from the Minnesota Vikings today. The news comes after Berrian was benched Sunday against Green Bay -- his second healthy scratch of the season. This year, Berrian has caught just seven passes in five games.

Berrian issues statement after being released by the Vikings

After being deactivated as a healthy scratch two of the last three weeks, the Vikings cut Bernard Berrian Tuesday. Afterward, Berrian issued a statement on his website saying he was blessed to have played in Minnesota for three-and-a-half years, and that he views this as an opportunity to grow as a player and bring his strengths to a new organization.