Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims defended himself to team officials after he was ejected for punching New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson. The NFL is currently considering a suspension for Wims.
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.
However, according to a tweet from NFL reporter Tom Pelissero, Wims told team officials that Gardner-Johnson spit on him. In addition, he also ripped out Wims’ mouthpiece a couple plays before.
“#Bears WR Javon Wims told team officials that #Saints CB C.J. Gardner-Johnson spit on him, in addition to ripping out Wims’ mouthpiece, during Sunday’s game before Wims sucker punched Gardner-Johnson, per sources. Wims was ejected. The NFL is now considering a suspension, too,” Pelissero wrote on Twitter.
How the Altercation Started
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.
At first, it was unclear what provoked Wims. Gardner-Johnson and Bears receiver Anthony Miller appeared to have exchanged words before Wims’ outburst. However, video evidence may show that Wims was telling the truth about Gardner-Johnson provoking him.
Gardner-Johnson appears to rip out Wims’ mouthpiece a few plays prior to the altercation.
Gardner-Johnson is also the same player who got punched by his teammate, #Saints star Michael Thomas, in practice last month.