Former Longhorn Simms on NY pot count: I was misunderstood

NEW YORK (AP) - A defense lawyer says Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms got charged with driving while high on marijuana because a New York City police officer misunderstood Simms telling him a passenger had smoked the drug. Simms went on trial Monday.

He was stopped at a police sobriety checkpoint July 1. A prosecutor told jurors an officer found Simms slurring his speech, moving slowly and saying he'd smoked marijuana.

Simms lawyer Harvey Steinberg told the jury Simms actually told the officer that a friend in the back seat had been smoking the drug.

The 30-year-old Simms could face up to a year in jail if convicted in the misdemeanor case.Simms started his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003.  His father is former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)