When Leslie Frazier met with former Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian earlier this week, before the team ultimately released him, Berrian tried to convince his coach that he wanted to help the team win. But as 1500 ESPN reports, Frazier simply wasn’t willing to believe him.
Though Berrian made some memorable gaffes this year (engaging in a Twitter war with a Minnesota state legislator who is a veteran without legs; missing meetings to get himself deactivated), that ultimately wasn’t what led to his dismissal from Minnesota.
Instead, Berrian wasn’t trying to help the team or make himself better, and he wasn’t even giving the effort to pretend like he was. That’s ultimately why the team rid itself of him.
"The thing you have to be concerned about is, if he's a starter, how is he producing? And then, what's the attitude?" Frazier told reporters Thursday. "If he's not producing, but he's practicing hard, playing hard, doing everything you ask -- you've just got to find ways to try to help that guy be a productive player for you. But if the production isn't there, the attitude isn't right, then you've got to say, 'OK, is he giving us anything in the locker room?'"
"He stands by his word," receiver Greg Camarillo said, referring to Frazier. "He's always said we're going to have not necessarily the 53 most talented football players, but we're going to have the best 53 people for this team. And he stood by that. If you're not a team-oriented guy, you won't be here."
And now, Berrian is not.
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