If football fans didn’t know C.J. Gardner-Johnson or Javon Wims, they certainly do now.
Wims, a third-year receiver for the Chicago Bears, went viral for punching Gardner-Johnson — a safety for the New Orleans Saints — twice in Week 8.
Not only did the Chicago Bears lose the game, but Wims could be facing severe disciplinary action. Gardner-Johnson added to Wims’ misery with an insulting post-fight analysis.
Javon Wims is a third-year receiver in Chicago
The Chicago Bears used a seventh-round pick on Javon Wims, who completed his college career at Georgia, in the 2018 NFL draft.
Wims caught four passes for 32 yards as a rookie. Standing 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 221 pounds, Wims saw increased action last year and caught 18 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.
Wims also played 10% of the Bears’ special teams snaps. Through his first seven games this year, Wims caught four passes for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Wims punched C.J. Gardner-Johnson in a Week 8 game
Despite offensive issues, Chicago opened the 2020 season with five wins in the first seven games.
Chicago hosted Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in a critical Week 8 game for playoff positioning in the NFC. Javon Wims had a 9-yard catch early in the game, but what came later was very unexpected.
Wims approached Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson with 9:11 left in the third quarter and got the latter’s attention. Wims then punched Gardner-Johnson twice in the helmet.
The hit quickly went viral on Twitter, and officials ejected Wims.
A video later emerged on Twitter of Gardner-Johnson ripping Wims’ mouthpiece out and throwing it to the ground during the Bears’ previous offensive possession.
C.J. Gardner-Johnson dissed Javon Wims in a big way
If playing football doesn’t work out, C.J. Gardner-Johnson should consider a job covering boxing.
Clearly, Gardner-Johnson is experienced with analyzing fights. Gardner-Johnson addressed the punches on his Instagram story and didn’t hold back.
“That man punch like a female. Don’t cap for the gram.”
In non-Instagram terminology, the phrase means Javon Wims should not have tried doing something “cool” for Instagram and social media.
Wims had not apologized to Johnson or addressed the incident as of publication. According to the New York Post, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy called the punch “completely unacceptable.”
“We talked to him and told him that’s not how things go here,” Nagy said.
Chicago would not play the Saints again this season unless they face off in the playoffs.