Bernard Berrian gets in Twitter fight with Rep. John Kriessel
|Bernard Berrian, John Kriesel: Vikings player, Vikings fan, twitter fighters.|
Berrian got into it yesterday with Republican Rep. John Kriesel. Kriesel started the fight, lobbing a pretty snappy insult Berrian's way. Berrian, already in a foul mood after the Vikings lost to the Kansas City Chiefs to drop to 0-4 on the year, responded in kind.
As other commentators are pointing out, these two should actually be friends. Kriesel is one of the most vocal supporters of the Vikings getting a new stadium somewhere in the state of Minnesota.
Apparently, Kriesel's feelings for the team are sometimes more like those of a beer-swilling fan than a be-suited lawmaker.
First, consider Kriesel's rabid Vikings fandom. The Vikings team website has a page devoted to the legislator, a Republican from Cottage Grove, in which the representative expresses his support for a new stadium and the Purple and Gold in general. "Of course, being a Vikings fan, I understand how important the team is to Minnesota," Kriesel said. "They're a huge cultural asset and we need to make sure that we keep them here for years to come."
Or, for a more visceral, typical Vikings' fan response, consider Kriesel's critique of Donovan McNabb, as he tweeted yesterday:
Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! Ponder! #Vikings
|Bernard Berrian is open... but not to criticism.|
If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account," Kriesel wrote, "try @B_Twice (Bernard Berrian) who says that he's open a lot and should get the ball more."
Berrian was not really up for criticism yesterday. When one Vikes fan tweeted that McNabb and Berrian, who was referred to as a "bum," should both be sent to the bench, Berrian escalated things just a bit with his response:
@DreDaydaBoSS u a bitch. Talkin over the Internet. U wouldn't say a damn thing if u ever saw me.Right. So, as you'd imagine, Kriesel's criticism just didn't sit right with the thin-skinned Berrian, who shot back pretty quickly. First, Berrian said he could prove to Kriesel that he was getting open, and should get the ball:
@johnkriesel anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them
And, if that wasn't going to work, Berrian offered another alternative:
@johnkriesel and if not sit down n shut up!!As might be expected, a Twitter blow-up between a football -loving state legislator and an NFL wide receiver -- especially one who is always totally wide open! -- blew-up a bit among the tweeple. Eventually, an exasperated Berrian approvingly quoted another tweeter, who commented that if the Berrian-Kriesel snap-fest was making waves, it was a slow news day.
This drew the attention of Denise White, CEO of EAG Management, which handles Berrian's image. Rather than, say, call Berrian, White tweeted him with a query: "@B_Twice ummm, what kind of news?? Lol.."
Answer? The very best kind of news, Denise: Twitter fight news.
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