People Are Confused After Bears' Javon Wims Sucker Punches Saints' Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (UPDATE)
Bears wide receiver Javon Wims was ejected during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints for throwing two punches at Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.
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UPDATED 11/2, 3:35 p.m. ET: Javon Wims has been suspended for two games, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Read the league's official statement below.
UPDATED 11/2, 10:10 a.m. ET: Javon Wims said that Chauncey Gardner-Johnson spit on him, the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Wims also reportedly told team officials that Gardner-Johnson ripped out his mouthpiece.
The NFL is now considering a suspension, per Pelissero.
See original story below.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims was ejected during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, after sucker punching defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, not once, but twice. Watch the video below.
It appears that Wims tried to snatch Gardner-Johnson's chain before throwing hands. Prior to the scuffle, Gardner-Johnson stuck his finger in the face of Anthony Miller, quite possibly provoking Wims' response.
This isn't the first time that Gardner-Johnson has gotten under the skin of a Bears wide receiver. Last season, Allen Robinson III got into it with him after the two were jawing at one another. What exactly was said is unknown, but perhaps it provoked today's altercation.
Gardner-Johnson also mocked the 5-foot-6 frame of Bears running back Tarik Cohen in a game last season.
Gardner-Johnson clearly knows how to piss people off, and sometimes, it can be his own teammates. Remember, the fight during practice that resulted in Saints star wideout Michael Thomas receiving a one-game suspension involved Garder-Johnson.
Despite all the potential clues, people were still trying to figure out why exactly Wims threw a punch, especially at someone wearing a helmet.