Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms, the son of Super Bowl winning quarterback Phil Simms, was busted earlier this week in West Greenwich Village, NYC driving high on marijuana with his eight-months pregnant wife in the passenger seat.
Simms and his wife Danielle, both 29 of Nashville, were stopped as Simms drove their 2009 Mercedes Benz through an NYPD Manhattan South task force checkpoint at about 1:05 am. “I was smoking marijuana in the car earlier,” Simms told cops, according to a a statement made by prosecutor Lauren Perry during Simms’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Simms, who has a four-year-old daughter, reeked of marijuana and had red eyes, a flushed face and slurred speech, sources report.
Simms was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by marijuana.
The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail.
No drugs were found on Simms or in the car, and his wife Danielle was allowed to drive off in the Mercedes. “My client never admitted to smoking marijuana that night. He said he was smoking cigarettes,” said Simms’s attorney Nathan Semmel who revealed that two other unnamed passengers were in the car at some point during the evening. “The DA should investigate whether those two individuals were responsible for the marijuana odor.” But police sources insist that only Simms and his wife were in the car.
Simms turned down a prosecution deal to plead guilty, pay a $500 fine, serve three days community service and have his license revoked for six months. “Witnesses also noted that he never smoked marijuana in the car that day. It is absurd to think he would ever drive in any condition intoxicated while his wife was eight months pregnant,” said Semmel.
“It endangers all of us,” said police Commissioner Ray Kelly, “driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of drugs. If you’re going to go some place by yourself and hurt yourself that’s one thing. When you put the rest of the public at risk, that’s another, and that’s our business. That’s where we intervene.”
Simms graduated from Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ, where he was a standout quarterback twice named an All-State honoree. He went on to play college ball for the Longhorns at the University of Texas in Austin. Professionally, he has also played for the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has struggled to regain starter status since rupturing his spleen while playing for Tampa in 2006.
In April, he signed a one-year contract with the Titans, where he formerly played in 2008. The team finished its minicamp last week, with training camp scheduled to start July 31.