New Orleans Saints cornerback Chauncey Gardner-Johnson has been making the headlines for the wrong reasons due to a couple of altercations.
He recently cleared the air between him and teammate Michael Thomas and went on to claim that he was innocent in the exchange involving Chicago Bears’ receiver Javon Wims, via ESPN‘s Mike Triplett.
Saints S C.J. Gardner-Johnson didn't want to elaborate much on either the practice incident with Michael Thomas or getting punched by Bears WR Javon Wims. "I’m innocent," he said of what led to Wims' punch … https://t.co/1naym8mzts
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) November 2, 2020
Both Gardner-Johnson and Thomas previously figured in an incident that led to the former receiving a punch from the latter during a team practice back in October. A one-game suspension was handed down to the three-time Pro Bowler in Week 5. Thomas has yet to return to the field since appearing in the opening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a nagging hamstring injury.
In Week 8, Gardner-Johnson found himself on the receiving end of yet another sucker punch this time dealt by the Bears’ Javon Wims. The incident occurred at the 9:11 mark of the third quarter where Wims approached the cornerback and landed a punch and a slap to the facemask before Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins hopped into action between the two.
The whole ordeal was caught on camera where Wims was clearly seen as the instigator of the commotion. His behavior will most likely result in a suspension handed down by the league. The Bears organization has yet to make a decision in the aftermath of the incident but head coach Matt Nagy already voiced his disappointment regarding Wims’ actions.
The Saints will hope to avoid another unfortunate incident involving any of their players as they head to a crucial tilt against division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9 proceedings.