Chicago Bears WR Punches New Orleans Saints’ CJ Gardner-Johnson, Twitter Loses It

by Quentin Blount

Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims is being dragged on Twitter after he punched New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

The Bears wide receiver was ejected from Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The exchange came in the third quarter after Wims began punching Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson in the helmet — twice — while the ball was on the other side of the field.

ESPN’s official SportsCenter account tweeted a series of photos from the exchange on Sunday.

“A scrum broke out after Bears WR Javon Wims took a swing at Saints DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson.” the SportsCenter account wrote.

Bears quarterback Nick Foles threw a quick 5-yard pass to wide receiver Allen Robinson on the left side of the field. Wims was split out to the far right, matched up against Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins. When the play was over, Wims walked to Gardner-Johnson, who had his back facing the other way. Wims then proceeded to face up Gardner-Johnson, and hit him in the helmet with his right hand.

Gardner-Johnson did nothing in response. Then Wims punched him again, leading to him being ejected from the game. The Bears lost 15 yards because of the penalty. Foles threw an interception on the next play.

It’s unclear what provoked Wims. Gardner-Johnson and Bears receiver Anthony Miller appeared to have exchanged words before Wims’ outburst.

Wims has four catches for 26 yards this season.

Twitter Loses It Over the Scuffle

Fans on Twitter were quick to drag Wims after the fight was over and he was ejected.

Will Brinson, @CBSSports Senior NFL Writer, was seemingly confused by the exchange involving the Chicago Bears wide receiver.

“What the?????” he tweeted.

Brinson followed that up with another tweet. He said the fight reminded him of a famous movie scene out of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

One fan on Twitter says the refs didn’t see Gardner-Johnson poking Miller through his facemask prior to the fight.

“Gardner-Johnson got away with one poking Miller thru the facemask. Officials always reliably missing the first one,” he said.

Another user posted a gif of comedian Jon Stewart with a confused look on his face.