Eagles star C.J. Gardner-Johnson announces his car was stolen

C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Well, this isn’t exactly the type of news that you’d like to hear or have to report following a win. C.J. Gardner-Johnson, one of the newer faces around the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, stepped right into the lion’s den following the August 30th trade that brought him to the City of Brotherly Love. With an infectious smile and a strong but endearing personality, he won over his teammates and fans almost immediately. It appears that the energy that’s been sent his way recently has fallen miles short of ‘brotherly’ as he announced via his Instagram story that his car has been stolen.

The post itself won’t be shared here due to language (we aren’t saying we blame him for being upset). The gist of what he was saying, however, was as follows:

He states the perpetrator was caught on camera. He also asks a question. “That’s how y’all get down in Philly.. after a win”? Let’s hope it wasn’t a Birds fan that did this, but then again, you never know. Troubled teams cheer for football teams too, and unfortunately, social or financial standing doesn’t exclude one from potentially being the victim of a crime.

C.J. Gardner-Johnson and his Eagles teammates shift their attention to the NFC Championship Game.

Many of us follow our favorite Birds on social media. C.J. is one of the guys on the roster whom one can, more often than not, count on for some positivity when you’re scrolling down your timeline on Twitter or Instagram (or both). Again, it’s easy to see why he’s upset though.

For the uninitiated, he earned his wings when he landed with the Eagles by way of a trade with the New Orleans Saints that occurred on August 30th, right before the regular season began. The adjustment was swift as he stepped right in, quickly establishing himself as one of the more important players on Philly’s defensive unit.

He’s versatile and has shown he can play both safety and slot cornerback. He and his teammates will play at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday for the right to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LVII. First things first though. For now, he’s a citizen looking to navigate his way through the rigors of being the victim of an unnecessary crime.

It’s a sad but real reminder that even though we treat these guys like heroes and warriors, they’re people and citizens just like the rest of us. They should also be treated as such.

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