Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, former Gator and current Saints cornerback, has earned himself quite the reputation in the NFL.
He agitates, trash-talks and takes jokes to new — often inappropriate — heights.
Now, however, he’s got something new to add to his repertoire.
How Did We Get Here?
The Chicago Bears entered Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints as one of the stronger defensive teams in the NFL.
Allowing the fewest touchdown passes (six) in the league, the Bears were projected to produce a dominant performance.
But a sucker punch it was.
A scrum broke out after Bears WR Javon Wims took a swing at Saints DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson. pic.twitter.com/jvtPCisp4b
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2020
Wims snatched Gardner-Johnson’s chain off his neck, then punched him a few times.
Initially, Gardner-Johnson didn’t react, likely because he was wearing a helmet.
Soon enough, however, a brawl broke out.
A Tale of True or False.
When asked what led to the act of aggression, Wims alleged that Gardner-Johnson spat on him and also claims that the Saints CB ripped out his mouthpiece.
Currently, there is no video footage available to confirm this. What fans do have, though, is a play-by-play breakdown of the fight that appears to be circulating Twitter.
THREAD: My Zapruder breakdown of the Chauncey Gardner-Johnson/Javon Wims beef.
It begins on this play on the Bears’ first possession of the second half. After exchanging some words, CJGJ rips Wims’ mouthpiece off and it falls onto the ground. pic.twitter.com/wwQgcbKdJ5
— Evan Saacks (@evansaacks) November 2, 2020
Wims was ejected in the third quarter and flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
On the next play, Nick Foles threw an interception.
Ultimately, the effort displayed on both ends resulted in a 26-23 overtime loss for the Bears.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 2, 2020
According to the NFL, VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued Wims’ suspension, ruling that the Bears receiver had violated a league rule that prohibits “striking, swinging at or clubbing the head, neck or face of an opponent,” as well as violating sportsmanship rules in the league’s bylaws, per NBC Chicago.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 2, 2020
As for Gardner-Johnson, he claims he is innocent. Even though sources (and cameras) caught him antagonizing Bears receiver Anthony Miller on previous plays and ripping out Wims’ mouthpiece.
“It wasn’t no incident,” the Saints CB told the media on Monday, Nov. 2. “We won the game.”