Washington Senator Patty Murray apologizes for rude tweet about Broncos super fan Barrel Man

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Photos and more below.
While there's a lot in common between Denver and Seattle other than legal pot, tension remains between the cities owing to the Broncos-Seahawks match-up in Sunday's Super Bowl. Witness the recent firing of a Washington teen after he wore a Demaryius Thomas jersey to work.

Latest person to go too far: Washington Senator Patty Murray (actually, members of her staff), who had to apologize after insulting the physique of late Broncos super fan Barrel Man. The tweet, photos, a video and details below.

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The Barrel Man with another Broncos super fan, known as the Hat Man.
The story comes to us from the Seattle Weekly, once a Westword sister paper in the Voice Media empire. The Weekly's news blogger, Matt Driscoll, bravely admits to being a Broncos fan in a piece memorably headlined "Dick Move of the Week: Patty Murray Taunts Dead Barrel Man."

As noted by Driscoll, the social-media helpers attending to Murray and Michael Bennet, her Democratic senatorial colleague from Colorado, went back and forth about the big game on Twitter after both squads punched their tickets for New York/New Jersey. Here's one benign exchange:

However, one Murray-account tweet didn't play quite so nice. In it, her designated tweeter referenced Seahulk, who transforms himself into a cross between the Incredible Hulk and a Seahakws fan for games. Here's a video introduction:

Of course, there's nothing wrong with paying tribute to Seahulk. But the aforementioned tweet puffed up Big Green, using the hashtag #EnoughSaid, at the expense of the not-quite-as-well-muscled Barrel Man, aka Tim McKiernan, who died in 2009. The item has been deleted, but Politwoops, a site that highlights tweets politicians have yanked, managed to grab it before it went away forever. Here's a screen capture as seen on a post by Twitchy.com.

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The Weekly's Driscoll deemed the Murray tweet "tasteless," adding, "On behalf of all Broncos fans...I'd like to call for Murray's resignation. Short of that, though, it seems like a simple apology is in order. Seahawks fans can root on their team with as much passion as they please -- in fact, I encourage it -- but mocking a dead, beloved legend crosses the line."

Here's the response, featuring a credit to "Staff" to make it clear that Murray herself had no intention of pissing on Barrel Man's grave:

Since then, that friendly Twitter trash talk promised by the Murray troops has ceased entirely. But you can bet that if it starts up again in the days before the game, her minions will be tweeting a lot more carefully.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Sports archive circa January 2013: "Broncos superfan Hat Man on getting shot at in Kansas City -- and six other incredible stories."

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Rick Hyde
Rick Hyde

Hey Meeks, why don't you attend to that ass craving/pounding you keep mentioning, as no one's really giving you a second thought, except maybe me.

Mike Houston
Mike Houston

Although senator murray did lie quite liberally about her own background- pun intended

Mike Houston
Mike Houston

Nah, you're thinking of a different idiot.

Suzanne Houston Nash
Suzanne Houston Nash

Isn`t she the idiot who wants to run for governor and made up a background of putting herself through school purely by her own effort when really her husband paid for it? Now she`s whining and crying because she`s been called out for it? Just who is being over sensitive here.

Sterling Meeks Isatool
Sterling Meeks Isatool

I'm in love with my cats. I wish I could dress them up in barrels. ...will someone come over to my moms and play with me ?

Dominic James
Dominic James

That slut can suck it easy!! RIP Tim Mckernan Aka 'The Barrel man'

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Fail. Public figures -- or any idiot who goes out of his/her way to get more than his/her "15 minutes" -- are fair game.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

...or social media DWEEBS endlessly spewing faux outrage to make themselves feel better.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

I seriously doubt the vast majority of WW readers are the least bit interested in your deepest, darkest fetishes.

shelly300787
shelly300787

So it's okay to talk Ill of the dead when it's trash talking leading up to asuperbowl? This way of thinking is exactly why our country is in the state it's in....No respect for anyone or anything!!!

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

if you don't love the barrel man, that is just un american!

Creekø Rivera
Creekø Rivera

Out of line. I met him at my very first Denver Broncos' game. He is/was nothing but respectful & courteous. RIP Barrel Man

ken.lord79
ken.lord79

once again, the PC police ruin everything because they can't take a damn joke.

David Schempf
David Schempf

I have one for patty murray,keep your ass out of colorado

Ken Lord
Ken Lord

I don't expect anyone from CO to really do any kind of research to see if any given Seahawks fan in a picture is dead or alive... I also don't expect that of fans in WA.

Ken Lord
Ken Lord

Oh jesus, really... talk about being overly sensitive... I seriously doubt people halfway across the country keep track of the dead/alive status of random barrel-wearing fans. For the record, it's a-ok to make fun of people who wear barrels.

Mandy Duran
Mandy Duran

thats whats wrong with this country to much emphasis on shit that doesnt even matter.... wgaf..

Mary Thiem
Mary Thiem

All politicians like to pick on those who cant defend themselves dead or alive

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

this is a ridiculous story. it was a picture. no one is mocking the dead. they likely didn't even know he was dead when it was posted. they pulled it and apologized. get over it

Alicia Garcia
Alicia Garcia

Anyone who ever met the dude knows he was rude and frankly it was a huge disappointment to be in his presence. Can't be disrespectful when you speak the truth and I speak from experience. He was completely arrogant

Alicia Garcia
Alicia Garcia

The barrel man was an alcoholic jack ass who was rude to everyone he met at the games. No need to give him the saint complex because he's dead. A jerk is a jerk

Eric Valles
Eric Valles

Ah wasn't that bad.....fuck that bitch tho!!!!!

Ski Steve
Ski Steve

Doubt he knew he was dead lol. I'm sure we will be classy while destroying downtown after the win.

Anesse Palmer
Anesse Palmer

It's over the line, sensitive or not the man is dead... pretty low life to take shots at a dead person typical politician though nothing smarter would come out of their mouths

Justin Kershman
Justin Kershman

We may be talking trash, but we still ain't gonna be disrespecting the dead in the process of the trash talkin unless that douche Sherman gets his head tore which completely needs to happen anyways!

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

Thats ok. We can just rip on one of the Hawks historical super fans who are honered in the hall of fame. ....if one existed.

Matt Corry
Matt Corry

No one makes fun of Tim "Barrel Man" McKernan!!!! Start the impeachment hearings, and que the linch mop!

Shana Krone Long
Shana Krone Long

Yoooo, Seattle fools run their mouths too much! To me, it isn't the fact he is passed (rest his soul), its messed up because he's talkin smack about a part of Bronco history. Don't mess with the Barrel Man!

Jennie Trujillo
Jennie Trujillo

So she poked fun at a dead guy. Who hasn't? You don't think us Broncos fan won't be making jokes after we murder the seahawks in the super bowl........seriously. Don't be so sensitive.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

In fact, I'll bet a great number of front-running hypocrite Broncos fans had really nice things to say about Al Davis after he died.

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