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.