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Steve Smith reportedly confronted former teammate in parking lot after loss to Patriots

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith catches a first down pass from Joe Flacco in the first quarter in front of New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith catches a first down pass from Joe Flacco in the first quarter in front of New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

On his way out of the stadium Saturday in Foxborough, Mass., Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith reportedly threatened to fight former Carolina Panthers teammate Jermaine Wiggins in the parking lot for previous comments Wiggins made about Smith.

Former Maryland and Patriots quarterback and current Patriots radio voice Scott Zolak filled in the details when he called into the Boston-based Felger & Mazz show on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.

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On a previous radio spot, Wiggins, the Boston media figure and former Patriot who played with Smith for two seasons in Carolina, said Smith was a bully and a bad locker room presence — something that, it should be noted, the Ravens' staff has said hasn't been the case whatsoever in Baltimore.

Smith took exception when he saw Wiggins in the Gillette Stadium parking lot, and he reportedly went into an expletive-filled tirade against Wiggins that required stadium personnel and another of Smith's former teammates, Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell, to intervene.

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Zolak's account doesn't indicate the event escalated beyond words, though there apparently was reason for so many to get between them.

A Ravens spokesman said Tuesday that reported details of the altercation were inaccurate.

"We have talked to one of our security members, who witnessed this conversation and it is not how it has been described," Chad Steele said.

In his Tuesday afternoon news conference, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team embraced Smith's competitiveness and gained a quick understanding of where it came from.

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