There seems to be conflicting reports about New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming and whether he actually saved a woman from a burning car or not.
The Boston Globe reported that Fleming received 22 stitches in his right leg after he kicked in the window of a burning car, saving a woman's life after a three-car accident in Boston last Thursday. He wound up playing in the Patriots' divisional playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs two days later on Saturday.
However, when TMZ Sports contacted the Foxborough Police Department, police officers went as far to say that Fleming made up the heroic account.
"What he described is not a minor accident," one law enforcement official told TMZ. "It's definitely something we would have heard about. Nobody knows what's going on."
That being said, the Boston Globe followed up with an eyewitness to the scene and the woman who Fleming actually saved and both verified the linebacker's account.
“Obviously he had no regards for himself. Just wanted to get the girl out,” said eyewitness Stephanie Kube. “Came in, saved the day and left. A true hero.”
Although the rescued woman asked the Boston Globe not to use her name, she called Fleming a "hero."
“I obviously thanked him,” she said. “I was appreciative that he did this. I had no idea that he suffered an injury. That’s terrible that he did.”
She added: “He obviously should be recognized. He’s a hero. I’m obviously just really grateful.”
Fleming will be active Sunday, when the Patriots visit the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
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