Former Florida DB CJ Gardner-Johnson fined by NFL for hit in Super Bowl
Former Florida DB Chauncey “C.J.” Gardner-Johnson’s Philadelphia Eagles came out on the losing end of Super Bowl LVII against the Kansas City Chiefs. The loss now stings even more for Gardner-Johnson, as he is being fined for a hit he made during the game.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports Gardner-Johnson has been fined $14,111 for lowering his head to initiate contact. Gardner-Johnson’s agent indicated they plan to appeal the fine for the hit that was not flagged during the game.
The NFL fined #Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson $14,111 for lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet on a fourth-quarter play in Super Bowl LVII, per source.
No flag was thrown. CGJ’s agent, Kevin Conner of @UniSportsMgmt, confirmed the fine and said he’ll appeal.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 17, 2023
Gardner-Johnson questioned the fine on Twitter.
Tell me why I got fined from the hit in Super Bowl ???????
— C.J. Gardner-Johnson (@CGJXXIII) February 16, 2023
Because it was a penalty ??????? pic.twitter.com/vBwUP7WunC
— Super Bowl 57 Champs? (@FireSpags) February 16, 2023
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was apparently fined for this hit? ?
The NFL is so pathetic, man#Eagles pic.twitter.com/b412mcjrIH
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) February 16, 2023
Gardner-Johnson is entering his fifth NFL season in 2023. After spending his first 3 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 30, 2022. Gardner-Johnson recorded a career-high 6 interceptions during the 2022 regular season, helping the Eagles secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC and make the Super Bowl.