Darius Fleming: ‘People are quick to try and bring you down… so sad’

Darius Fleming speaks with reporters in the team's locker room at Gillette Stadium.
Darius Fleming speaks with reporters in the team's locker room at Gillette Stadium. –Steven Senne/AP

Darius Fleming was dubbed a hero on Wednedsay — before immediately having his heroics questioned.

Fleming encountered a three-vehicle car accident on Route 1 Thursday night. The Patriots linebacker told The Boston Globe he kicked in a window to help the woman get out of her car. As a result, Fleming needed 22 stitches in his leg, but played 10 snaps Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Patriots’ AFC Divisional Game victory.

Following Fleming’s remarks, TMZ.com contacted the surrounding police departments in search of the record from the incident, and found none — raising the question of the legitimacy of Fleming’s story. Hours after TMZ’s report on Thursday, however, the Boston Herald’s Chris Villani located the accident in the police log. And the Walpole police department released a statement confirming a incident where a woman recounted an unknown male, who “kicked in my window, I think he was a Patriot.’’

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“The doors wouldn’t open and I was just, like, ‘Got to get her out of here some way,’ ’’ Fleming said Wednesday before practice, via the Herald. “She was kicking the window and it wasn’t doing much damage, so (I kicked it through) and I pulled her out. She was jumping out before the window even broke, honestly.’’

The Patriots linebacker shared his thoughts on Twitter following the media coverage of his good samaritan deed.

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