Steve Smith, Jermaine Wiggins nearly got into a fight after Saturday’s game

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Saturday’s Ravens-Patriots game included an intriguing postscript.  Baltimore receiver Steve Smith and a former NFL player turned radio host nearly got into a fistfight.

According to CSN New England, Smith and Jermaine Wiggins had an altercation in Gillette Stadium as the Ravens were boarding the team bus.  Wiggins, who played with Smith in Carolina during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, currently works as a radio host in Boston.  Wiggins apparently referred to Smith as a “bully” on the air, and Smith found out about it.

Scott Zolak, who works on the Patriots’ game-day broadcast and witnessed the exchange, explained the situation to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz Show.  Here’s what Zolak said, from CSNNE.com.

“So [Smith] sees Wiggy and he’s like, ‘Yo, what’s up?’ [Wiggy] says, ‘Hey, Steve, what’s up?’ [Smith] is like, ‘No, dude, what the [bleep’s] up?'” Zolak said.

“Wiggy’s like, ‘Aw, now, now you’re swearing in front of my kids. . . .  And he’s like, ‘You gotta step up.’  And then it starts getting nasty.

“Steve’s like, ‘Man, you called me a bully.  What’s up with that?  You know what I’m going to do?  I’m going to [bleep] you, right now.'”  (We’re assuming he said more than just the one word that was bleeped.  Otherwise, well. . . .  Never mind.)

Others intervened, with Smith “yappin’ and yappin'” as he got on the bus and Wiggins, apparently no longer concerned about the things his kids may hear, giving it back to Smith verbally.

“‘I’ll tell you what you are,” Wiggins said, via Zolak.  “You’re the same thing you always been! . . . . ‘You won’t do nothing! You won’t do nothing!  You’re a bitch!  You won’t do nothing!’ ”

Smith has had multiple past incidents with teammates, but in recent years he apparently has matured.  And while it’s fine for him to take issue with Wiggins’ comments, threatening to “bleep” him (or whatever Smith specifically said) isn’t the mature way to resolve the situation.  Or the best way to erase the characterization that Smith is a bully.

92 responses to “Steve Smith, Jermaine Wiggins nearly got into a fight after Saturday’s game

  1. Smith is a punk. Wiggins should have shown him his Super Bowl ring and then punched him in the mouth with it.

  2. There is just nothing like those anger managements classes, look how it has mellowed Smith oh I forgot Smith Senior.

  3. No, he’d sucker punch him mom while she wasn’t looking

    Or wait until there were enough people to “hold him back”

    past dictates future

  4. Did the NFL issue a statement on the 3 ineligible receiver plays from the game? Does anyone care? Would be nice to know because it reminds me of the deception play browns tried to use with Johnny football earlier in the year. Cute but skirting the rules.

  5. Because nothing says “Hey, you’re wrong, I’m not a bully” like responding with a threat.

  6. I’m no bully! And to prove it, I’m going to threaten to kill you in front of your children and then try to fight you!

  7. Right, so what the Boston reporter tells another Boston reporter about a Baltimore player after a loss to the Pats is gospel?

    Sure. That’s 100% believable.

  8. Great to hear that this ultimately ended with Smith walking away and nobody getting hurt or having to engage each other in a physical confrontation.

    Succumbing to anger and resorting to violence is the easiest way to lose, while the way to win is to diffuse.

  9. Threatening to beat someone up because he called you a bully? Doesn’t sound like you’re proving your point…

    Doesn’t make him a bad football player, though.

  10. I bet Steve Smith Jr is going to turn out to be a fine young man with a role model like that in his life.

  11. So this is just the account of one Patriots broadcaster/fan? Great reporting, guys.

    Say what you will about Steve Smith but he’s always real. I can’t stand fake people.

  12. Smith would have never have actually fought Wiggins. Why? Because Wiggy was looking at him. The only time Wiggins was ever at risk from Smith would have be if he had his back turned. What a punk. I admire him as a tough physical player who gives as good as he gets, but he a PUNK and cheapshot artist. He’s a perfect fit for the Ravens,…,..just don’t piss him off and turn you back

  13. Something must be right with Smith. The cheatin’ Pats tried to sign him.
    Let the braodcasters be responsible for what they say. He should have knocked Wiggins’ teeth down his throat

  14. So someone calls you a bully and you go act tough in a place where nothing can really escalate and you have to back up your action. OK Smith you are a bully.

  15. and then he was like uh huh and the other guy was like nuh huh and then the one guy said yeah and the other guy said oh yeah and it was on. ridiculous. grow up fellas.

  16. str53ngth says: Jan 13, 2015 3:57 PM

    With Wiggins weighing in at 270 lbs and the ability to block pro d- linemen, I know who my money is on. Heart only gets you so far.

    270? have you seen him lately
    hes about 320 now

  17. I would have loved to see that fight: Wiggins is 5″ and 90 pounds heavier (assuming his listed playing weight, but probably more now). My guess is Steve Smith would have been a spot on the ground today had he been stupid enough to throw a punch.

  18. This dude is always letting others rent space in his head. He always brags about this or that and tells you they don’t matter but man oh man they sure rent space in his head for free.

  19. Attaboy Wiggy!

    Steve Smith is an awful human being. He’s just butt hurt that the Patriots ruined another one of his seasons just like in the Patriots/Panthers Super Bowl.

  20. Let me get this straight. Smith is pissed about being called a bully. Then he proceeds to be a bully? U can’t make this stuff up.

    And, like all bullies, he wussed out in the end. Hey Steve Smith – YOU’RE A BULLY!!! NANANANANANANA

  21. jamaltimore says:
    Jan 13, 2015 3:47 PM

    Did the NFL issue a statement on the 3 ineligible receiver plays from the game? Does anyone care? Would be nice to know because it reminds me of the deception play browns tried to use with Johnny football earlier in the year. Cute but skirting the rules.

    Yes Jamal, the NFL DID issue a statement and it said what everyone but Harbaugh already knew…the formations and the plays run off of the formation were legal. Typical Baltimore fan, look for any excuse to blame for a loss.

  22. One guy I wouldn’t wanna mess with is Steve Smith. And I always loved that about him. But if he really talked like that in front of someone’s kids than he’s a clown in my opinion.

  23. @jamaltimore. The NFL issued a statement on the plays in question, stating that there wasn’t anything illegal about the plays and the reporting process. Peter King, after reviewing the plays, wrote that the Ravens had between 7 and 10 seconds after the players were declared ineligible before the ball was snapped. The only reason this was ever a story is because of Harbaugh’s whiny reaction to being caught unprepared.

  24. Don’t forget that Wiggy was Smith’s teammate for two years. He went to a superbowl with him. He knows the good AND bad of Smith’s personality. He got to witness him suckerpunching teammates on more than one occasion.

    If he called him a bully, then who would know better. And Smith just made his point. Now EVERYONE knows he’s an angry bully

  25. I was going to comment like a couple others. My money is on Wiggins. Wiggins would beat on Smith like a drum.

    Smith is like my wifes rat terrier. Barks like crazy when someone comes to the door, but when the person comes in, the dog goes and hides under the couch.

  26. First off, Zolak is a former QB, not just some reporter…and Wiggins is a former tight-end…and all of this was told in the same way on Saturday night by another of Wiggins’ colleagues that witnessed this event right after it occurred on the Pats post-game show. One thing of note, though, is that Wiggins called him a bully months ago…. It isn’t like he called him a bully that night or even that week….it was on a show he was on, and he called him that (which, by all accounts, is true). That said, I would have Steve Smith on my team any day, as he is still a great receiver, and I like the toughness. But he is a bully, no matter what you may think of him in any other respect.

  27. Smith is a baller, and a possible HOF nominee. Wiggin’s played 1 year seasons on 1/2 the teams in the league trying to keep his career alive. Wiggins is a nobody, and now peddles his mouth on Boston sports radio.

    Wiggins SB ring is based upon being lucky enough to be on NE the year they won a SB, not based on Wiggins athletic contribution to the team. Nowadays overweight tight ends wouldn’t even be signed to a team. He’s lucky he played when he did over an 8 year period.

  28. I loathe Smith and he is both a bully and a coward who sucker punched two other players in the Carolina locker room while he was a Panther.

    Including breaking the jaw of a rookie and ruining his career. Still don’t know how he avoided getting arrested over that other than the team and he must have paid that rookie off big time.

    Smith is someone who never got past the punk 8 year old bully phase of his mental development.

  29. Yeah because, like, threading to “bleep” someone is something that a Bully would never do… Way to kill that stereotype that your a bully Steve. Sucka punchin’ fool.

  30. Have listened to “wiggy” on the radio many times. Dude is a straight up clown.

    Ugh, I like em chocolate & thick! If you listen to 98.5 you’ll know what that means.

  31. skawh says:
    Jan 13, 2015 4:42 PM
    Smith is a baller, and a possible HOF nominee. Wiggin’s played 1 year seasons on 1/2 the teams in the league trying to keep his career alive. Wiggins is a nobody, and now peddles his mouth on Boston sports radio.

    Wiggins SB ring is based upon being lucky enough to be on NE the year they won a SB, not based on Wiggins athletic contribution to the team. Nowadays overweight tight ends wouldn’t even be signed to a team. He’s lucky he played when he did over an 8 year period.

    ——————————————————————

    Get your facts straight…other than Vinateri, Wiggins is the reason that the Patriots beat the Raiders in the 2001 divisional round snow game, on the way to their first SB win. I believe he had 10 or 11 catches in horrendous conditions that night

  32. Get your facts straight…other than Vinateri, Wiggins is the reason that the Patriots beat the Raiders in the 2001 divisional round snow game, on the way to their first SB win. I believe he had 10 or 11 catches in horrendous conditions that night

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    Um… the 1 & only reason is the TUCK RULE.

  33. So we completely believe the opinion of the guy who works for the Patriots, talking about it on a Boston radio station, and witnessed the whole thing. Alrighty then.

    I love the rivalry that is developing here.

  34. Is anyone really surprised about this loser? One poster said they like real people but should have said they like their jerks real. Folks we are talking about ravens, we talking about ravens….yup we are talking about ravens…..trash.

  35. Anyone who calls Smith a bully will be bullied (in front of his kids no less)!

    Stay classy Ravens and Ravens fans – you were all talk leading up to the game

    And that’s all you are in the end

  36. Was there a camera in the garage to record this incident? Did Goodell ask for a copy of the tape? If anything comes of this, we want to be sure everyone’s account matches.

  37. Jermaine Wiggins? Who is this person. Never heard of him. It’s a shame he was allowed to procreate.

  38. And why do we root for Smith all the time???

    Just because a “little guy beat the odds” he should be held to standards.

    We gave TO crap for words when they don’t hurt anyone (apparently) even though “sticks and stones break bones.”

  39. Ravens will be Ravens. Smith should have spent his whole career in Baltimore, with the rest of the criminals.

  40. So apparently Sassy Steve approved of Wiggins’ message, because he sure did his best his to make Wiggins’ opinion a credible one. What a tool. Perfect fit for the Ray-vens.

  41. ” the 1 & only reason is the TUCK RULE.”

    Yeah right. The fact that the supposedly best defense in the league the Faiders had that year couldn’t stop the Pats on both ensuing drives had nothing to do with it.

    Poor little Raiders fans. Irrelevant for more than a decade and destined to stay so as long as Mark Davis owns the team.

  42. r8rsfan says:
    Jan 13, 2015 4:04 PM
    Imagine if Steve Smith had grown up to be a hockey player instead.
    ———————————————–

    He never would have made it. Hockey players would have beat him to a pulp long before he could have grown up.

    Probably what he needed.

  43. I remember in training camp the Ravens and Sr. Smith were bragging on how they like being the bullies and promote the label. Now when someone calls ”little bitty smitty” a bully, he gets upset. I’m willing to bet if the Ravens had won the game, it wouldn’t have bothered Smith one little bit. In fact the Ravens would of been bragging about how they bullied the Pats in their house. Sore LOOSER.

  44. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 13, 2015 5:42 PM

    titansbro says:
    ” the 1 & only reason is the TUCK RULE.”
    ———————————————–
    Yeah right. The fact that the supposedly best defense in the league the Faiders had that year couldn’t stop the Pats on both ensuing drives had nothing to do with it.
    ————————————————-

    Also, a non-call that is too often overlooked on that particular play is Woodson’s hand smacking Brady’s helmet.

    I believe in kharma. What the Raiders got away with in the 76 playoff game against the Pats; and the cheapshot that crippled and eventually lead to a shortened life of a young WR, still needs more payback. Too bad their team bus didn’t get stuck in the snow and they had to spend the night in one of the area’s finer motels.

  45. What happens next is Smith sucker punches Wiggins at the Super Bowl when Wiggins is playing with his kids and looking the other way. That’s just the Way he is…. Hopefully this time he is arrested and prosecuted.

    No wonder he ended up on the Ravens roster of “who’s who?” in the world of bad characters…

  46. Sounds like Wiggins got real bold once their were like 20 people in between the two….. Lol

  47. So basically… Sore feelings from a guy who couldn’t hack it in the league so he went out and did the only Other thing be cold… Get a free ride into the media and take shots at guys who could hack it and make a name for themselves.

    This is why media are buffoons letting any former player into the scene.

  48. How can anyone support Smith’s actions. This alone was bad enough but it was done in front of Jermain’s family (children)? This could have easily escalated to something much worse.

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