"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?'
"Wiggy's like, 'Aw, now, now you're swearing in front of my kids.' "(Bertrand had said Wiggins was in the area with his wife and two sons.) "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.'"
A number of people -- Gillette Stadium security personnel, ex-Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, current Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (who was a teammate of Smith's in Carolina from 2010-13) -- moved in to break things up.
"Chatham took [Smith] and said, 'Man, you gotta get on the bus now,' " continued Zolak. "And Steve Smith just kept yappin' and yappin' . . .
"Now, Wiggy's like Kevin Garnett, pointing at him over the top: 'I'll tell you what you are: You're the same thing you always been!'"
Bertrand later related: "So Wiggy's screaming: 'You won't do nothing! You won't do nothing! You're a *****! You won't do nothing!' "
Eventually, Smith got on the bus and no punches were thrown. But, 13 years after his last game as a Patriot, Wiggins had some action at Gillette Stadium.