Saints’ C.J. Gardner-Johnson Responds to Bears’ Javon Wims on IG After Fight

New Orleans Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (22) warms up before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson responded in an Instagram story to the pair of punches he received from Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims in Sunday’s 26-23 overtime victory.

Gardner-Johnson wrote that Wims “punch like a female” and took a “cheap shot.”

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C.J. Gardner-Johnson responded to Javon Wims’ punches via Instagram saying it was a “cheap shot” and that Wims “punch like a female.”

What precipitated Wims’ actions remains unclear.

After a play in the third quarter, he went out of his way to approach Gardner-Johnson. He appeared to make a motion like he was snatching at Gardner-Johnson’s chain before punching him in the helmet with his right hand. Wims waited a moment before throwing another punch, which sparked a brief scuffle.

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A scrum broke out after Bears WR Javon Wims took a swing at Saints DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

Referees ejected Wims, while Gardner-Johnson escaped any punishment.

Wims will almost certainly face a fine and could miss time. Leonard Fournette received a one-game ban when he threw a punch at Shaq Lawson in 2018, though Jalen Ramsey only drew a fine when he and Golden Tate had a physical altercation earlier this season.

Gardner-Johnson might himself be the subject of scrutiny by making a sexist remark toward Wims.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. apologized in January when he told reporters after a game that then-Memphis Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder had “a lot of female tendencies on the court.”