Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims was ejected after punching New Orleans Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in the helmet during the third quarter of the teams’ Week 8 matchup. The two teams scuffled at mid-field after the incident before the officials broke it up and tossed Wims.
After a second down play, Wims charged at Gardner-Johnson from the other side of the field and threw a pair of punches at his head. You can watch the sequence here:
Why would you punch a man wearing a helmet? This was an inexcusable lack of discipline by Wims, which cost the Bears a personal foul penalty and killed a drive with the score tied at 13.
Wims was responding to Gardner-Johnson apparently poking fellow Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller in the eye on the previous play. This is what made Wims so upset:
Gardner-Johnson was not called for a penalty for eye gouging Miller. Either way, Wims has to be smarter.
Of course, Wikipedia was immediately on it:
On the very next play after Wims was ejected, Bears quarterback Nick Foles threw an interception. New Orleans would kick a go-ahead field goal a few plays later.