February 27, 2021

In ESPN 1000 interview, George McCaskey says he has ‘bigger problem’ with Anthony Miller’s ejection than Javon Wims’

Even with one year remaining on his contract, Anthony Miller’s future with the Bears could be in doubt.

The 26-year-old receiver last was seen walking off the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after he was ejected from the Bears’ wild-card playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. Miller was ejected for shoving Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

It was the second time this season that Gardner-Johnson goaded a Bears receiver into an ejection – after Javon Wims was ejected from a Nov. 1 game against the Saints for punching Gardner-Johnson. Coach Matt Nagy said Sunday that the Bears devoted an entire meeting to warning players about Gardner-Johnson’s antics in the week leading up to the playoff game.

Miller still fell for the trash talk.

[Read more: Bears devoted mid-week meeting to C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Anthony Miller still fell for the trash talk]

In an interview on ESPN 1000′s “Waddle and Silvy Show” on Thursday, Bears chairman George McCaskey said he has a bigger problem with Miller’s ejection than with Wims’ because the team was warned about Gardner-Johnson before the playoff game.

Here’s what McCaskey said:

“In the first instance, Javon acted impulsively. He let another player get the better of him. He acted up. He was immediately remorseful. He served his suspension, he said he would do better, and he came back and worked his butt off to try to help the team.

“I have a bigger problem with Anthony’s ejection because they sat them down and they told them, ‘Listen, watch out for this player. He’s a punk; he’s going to try to get under your skin. And with Darnell Mooney out, we really need you to be in this game and help this team.’ And Anthony had the benefit of having seen Javon’s experience.

“So I think that they need to be evaluated separately. And I’ve got a bigger problem with Anthony’s ejection than I do with Javon’s.”

[Hub Arkush: Wednesday’s presser turns into one more loss Bears fans didn’t need this season]

Asked if that meant Miller’s future with the team was in doubt, McCaskey said: “That’s not up to me.”

The Bears drafted Miller in the second round of the 2018 draft. He played in all 16 games regular-season games this season and totaled 49 receptions for 485 yards and two touchdowns.

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.