Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian has learned first-hand how unpredictable and deceptive the Internet can be.
After the Vikings fell to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Berrian took to Twitter to voice his frustrations, during which it appeared as though he was upset with the number of passes he's been thrown. Berrian only has two catches for 37 yards this season, while being targeted 16 times.
As Yahoo Sports points out, one fan, John Kriesel (@JohnKriesel), wasn't particularly happy with Berrian's complaints and decided to offer up this tweet that elicited a response from the wide receiver:
"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"
Berrian responded with:
"@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 with this exchange is that Kriesel is a double amputee and an Iraqi war veteran. He's also the co-author of Still Standing, which is the story of how he lost his legs and two friends in a roadside bomb explosion and the challenges he's faced since. He's also a Minnesota state representative.
Berrian likely had no knowledge of such facts, but the whole situation is a cruel reminder that you just never know what you could be getting yourself into when it comes to the Internet.
According to tweets from Kriesel, Berrian has since called him — likely to apologize. Kriesel missed the call and said he tried to call Berrian back but got his voicemail. Kriesel said he will try again later.