during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

TMZ incorrectly disputes Darius Fleming heroic injury account

There was some pretty amazing news dropped today when it was reported New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming played in Saturday’s playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs with 22 stitches in his right leg which were apparently a result of saving a woman from a smoking car a just a mile away from Gillette Stadium two days earlier.

Fleming himself said a truck making an unexpected turn caused a three-car pileup in front of his vehicle.

“I was about to go around it, but I noticed the lady in front of me, she kind of was jumping around the car, passenger seat, back seat, and I noticed smoke building up inside the car,” Fleming recalled to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I tried to open the doors and it wouldn’t work. So then I was just like, ‘I have to get her out of here. I don’t know if this lady can breathe or what.’ “I started banging on the window. It wouldn’t break. So then I started to kick in the window and eventually it broke.”

Fleming said he kicked the window three times before it broke.He was called a hero after his story became public through the Facebook page of his former high school.

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Fleming was called a hero after his story became public through the Facebook page of his former high school.

Now, many different outlets including TMZ are reporting there’s no record of the car crash actually happening. Law enforcement officials told ESPN they had no record of any incident taking place on Route 1, where the accident allegedly took place.

TMZ called at least 10 local fire and police departments, and none of them could confirm a crash took place. They even called a Dunkin Donuts which was five miles away from the crash and heard the same thing.

According to Boston Globe reporter Chris Villani, there was a multi-vehicle accident on Route 1 as Fleming describes, so he could be telling the truth after all.

Villani reports Walpole police will be making a statement today regarding the accident.


Fleming is a hero and TMZ is a news organization with a dicey track record. Carry on.


Liam McGuire

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