With 44 yards and a touchdown, 35-year-old Steve Smith did all he could to ensure the Baltimore Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship game. But thanks to a Julian Edelman 51-yard bomb and an ill-advised heave from Joe Flacco, the Ravens fell 35-31 to the Patriots this past Saturday.
According to some reports, though, the action didn’t end when the clock hit zero in the fourth quarter. At least not for Smith, that is. Smith reportedly got into it with former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, when he was getting ready to board the team bus under the stands at Gillette Stadium and spotted Wiggins.
A little background to set the stage: Wiggins, who was Smith’s teammate in Carolina in 2002 and 2003, recently appeared on Boston-area radio network 98.5 The Sports Hub, and said Smith was a “bully” inside the locker room. He spoke of Smith fighting teammates, chastising young players, and pretty much putting him on blast.
As you might imagine, Smith didn’t take kindly to Wiggins taking to the airwaves to bad mouth him. And after the game on Saturday, Smith reportedly went after Wiggins when he saw him. Wiggins was with his family at the time, but that didn’t stop Steve Smith from asking why he told the world he was a bully.
Scott Zolak, a former Patriots quarterback, was on hand for the heated exchange, and he called into 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Mazz Show” on Monday to recount what happened. Basically, Smith wanted to know why Wiggins called him a bully, and he used a few choice words in front of Wiggins’ kids. The two then had to be separated before things really got out of hand.
Check out the full transcript below.
[via Larry Brown Sports]
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