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Chris Simms acquitted on marijuana charges


Titans quarterback Chris Simms, the 30-year-old son of former Giants Super Bowl winner Phil Simms, was acquitted on Wednesday by a Manhattan jury on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana.

The arrest came on April 1, 2010, during a checkpoint in Lower Manhattan.  Police smelled marijuana in the car Simms was driving.

On Tuesday, Charles Granatell took the blame for the burning weed, claiming that only he was smoking it.  Arresting officer Francisco Acosta testified that Simms, who refused to submit to a urine test, admitted to smoking pot.  The jury apparently decided that Granatell’s testimony gave rise to reasonable doubt.

Simms was represented by Harvey Steinberg of Denver, who always seems to show up when a current or former (as in Simms’ case) member of the Broncos needs legal representation.

Even though Simms wasn’t convicted of any crime, the fact that he was driving an SUV in which he pregnant wife was a passenger when someone else in the vehicle fired up a doobie qualifies him for full-blown idiot status.  And it surely makes Steve Young feel even more strongly that Chris Simms had a “laissez faire” upbringing.

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  1. sdboltaction says: May 4, 2011 2:07 PM

    Innocent of smoking weed while driving (presumably), guilty of being a douche.

  2. mvp43 says: May 4, 2011 2:11 PM

    Well, lucky for Steinberg he was acquitted, otherwise Phil would’ve kicked his azz……

  3. shivasirons3 says: May 4, 2011 2:11 PM

    Did he use the Clinton defense?…..It all depends on what “inhale” is is

  4. tdk24 says: May 4, 2011 2:12 PM

    He must have friends in high places.

  5. jennstergersburnedretinas says: May 4, 2011 2:13 PM

    Chris: “Whew, I need to relax. Where did I put my 6 footer?”

  6. chadmurdigan says: May 4, 2011 2:16 PM

    “Even though Simms wasn’t convicted of any crime, the fact that he was driving an SUV in which he pregnant wife was a passenger when someone else in the vehicle fired up a doobie qualifies him for full-blown idiot status. ”

    All the judgmental editorializing and PC value statements around here sure get old.

  7. geeeeemen says: May 4, 2011 2:16 PM

    why does it matter if his pregnany wife was in the car when someone else was smoking? just wondering? does marijuana affect the fetus somehow?
    also, his friend said he smoked before he got into the car.

  8. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: May 4, 2011 2:16 PM

    How can you just refuse a test? If it is truly that easy, no one would ever get arrested for a marijuana DUI.

    And why is Simms an idiot for letting someone smoke in his car? Show me studies that say SMOKING marijuana causes pregnancy complications. The results are mixed at best there, and I doubt you’ll find anything for second-hand smoke. So was the smoke so thick he couldn’t see or what? I realize you think he was guilty, but you don’t know that.

  9. stinkfingers says: May 4, 2011 2:17 PM

    Great.. Now he can get back to being a failure of a QB, living off his fathers name.

  10. touchdownroddywhite says: May 4, 2011 2:18 PM

    Is it of any surprise?

    Didn’t think so.

  11. qoojo says: May 4, 2011 2:21 PM

    All I want to know is if that booking photo was shown to the jury.

  12. nyctexan says: May 4, 2011 2:21 PM

    Why is he a douche? I’ve been just as guilty as he’s been… go grab your bible and stay off the message boards.

  13. buckybadger says: May 4, 2011 2:21 PM

    What do you expect from a guy who has Kyle Shanahan tattooed on his ankle. First what guy gets a tattoo on his ankle let alone of a guys name?

  14. tombradyswig says: May 4, 2011 2:21 PM

    Court’s over….
    now it’s TOKE TIME!!!
    It’s gotta be 4:20 somewhere!

  15. smacklayer says: May 4, 2011 2:22 PM

    He has high friends in places.

  16. ricofoy says: May 4, 2011 2:24 PM

    What a tragedy! Pregnant woman inhales 2nd hand ganja smoke. I’m hoping and praying this child isn’t born with two heads and a tail.

  17. steelersteve says: May 4, 2011 2:25 PM

    Too bad the ol lefty cannot throw a ball as good as he can smoke a bong, er a, joint!

    Pathetic…. and there sits the sanctimonies Phil Simm’s with his worthless analytics – wonder what kind of stupid comments he now will come out with……

  18. whatswiththehate says: May 4, 2011 2:26 PM

    Something tells me the elite sports media saw this man as the face of a football franchise…YEP!!!
    Also, I didn’t know your friend taking the hit for a crime still works? I guess it depends on the person.

    And why did Simms refuse to submit to a urine test if he was innocent? That means he is a smoker. You’re not going to have pot-smokers around you if you don’t do it yourself. The smell of the smoke alone is annoying, nevermind it’s affect on those inhaling it. Drinking is one thing but pot smoking is completely different.

    I will guess that since there isn’t enough cynicism added to this write-up, I’d say it will be treated as a story and be gone by the end of the day. This QB will not be made mockery of like the Ja Marcus Russel and Vince Youngs of the NFL…Nope…Lucky if you see this on ESPN news.

  19. jhorton83 says: May 4, 2011 2:29 PM

    Instead of news about free agent signings, trades, and upcoming mini-camps, we get multiple stories about whether Chris Simms inhaled or not. Thank you, NFL lockout.

  20. kcroyal says: May 4, 2011 2:29 PM

    It should be illegal to not be high.

  21. eeerockski says: May 4, 2011 2:29 PM

    I’ll smoke to that!

  22. tjacks7 says: May 4, 2011 2:31 PM

    Charles Granatell instantly became a wealthy man. Someone check the bank records.

  23. chadmurdigan says: May 4, 2011 2:34 PM

    “And why did Simms refuse to submit to a urine test if he was innocent? That means he is a smoker. You’re not going to have pot-smokers around you if you don’t do it yourself. ”

    Refusing to take a urine test does NOT mean he is a smoker. It means that he refused to take a urine test.

    I personally applaud him for knowing his rights and for not bending over and doing what some cop told him to do.

    This country’s gone nuts, letting “law enforcement officers” search us, pat down our kids at airports, monitor our urine during a traffic stop, and on and on and on.

  24. citizenstrange says: May 4, 2011 2:34 PM

    It’s always nice to see a poor underprivileged kid who had had such a hardknock finally catch a break.

    And the judge must be truly savoring the whiff of Simms jock he got. Well done.

  25. micksalot says: May 4, 2011 2:34 PM

    Since when does sworn police officer testimony that Simms admitted to smoking it become superseded by a after the fact story from his childhood friend? Pathetic.

  26. capslockkey says: May 4, 2011 2:39 PM

    I honestly didn’t realize this guy was still in the league. Who gives a crap?

  27. notthekiller says: May 4, 2011 2:44 PM

    Honestly, Chris Simms is an idiot. How can you smoke weed in a car with a preganant wife? I mean to smoke weed in high school or college is one thing. But to do it at 30? With a wife and a kid on the way? WOW!!! Gotta love Texas QBS!

  28. shaggytoodle says: May 4, 2011 2:47 PM

    Smoking pot can cause memory loss, or even worse… memory loss.

  29. nineroutsider says: May 4, 2011 2:48 PM

    He gets high…who cares. What I can’t believe is that they are wasting taxpayer dollars in NY over weed…I would expect that from Idaho, but NY??

    Lastly, wasn’t he last on a practice squad? Don’t start feeling the forum with this crap…oh wait, anything but the lockout stuff!!

  30. 90ragtop says: May 4, 2011 2:52 PM

    The Titans must be REALLY desperate for a backup QB if Chris Simms is still playing football for them.

  31. aldavisisthenfl says: May 4, 2011 3:04 PM

    Told ya big daddy would take care of it………..

  32. berniemadoffsides says: May 4, 2011 3:17 PM

    When asked by reporters how he felt about the verdict, Simms opened the driver-side door to his vehicle, pulled a wad of $100 bills and a blunt from his pocket, put it to his mouth and said, “I’m just glad justice was served today,” and ran over three children while speeding off.

  33. ronswansonsdinner says: May 4, 2011 3:21 PM

    I’d smoke pot too if I lost my spleen during a football game.

  34. schmitty2 says: May 4, 2011 3:27 PM

    Somewhere Desmond Howard is shaking his head in disbelief

  35. jbl429 says: May 4, 2011 3:44 PM

    “…the 30-year-old son of former Giants Super Bowl winner Phil Simms…”

    Correction: “…Giants Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms…”

  36. rcali says: May 4, 2011 3:51 PM

    Money may not make you happy but it sure keeps you out of jail and undermines cops and judges.

  37. rcali says: May 4, 2011 3:51 PM

    Money may not make you happy but it sure keeps you out of jail and underminds cops and judges.

  38. adogdc says: May 4, 2011 3:54 PM

    Wow….Just Wow….

    Where did you read the facts that his wife was in the car when the marijuana was being smoked? This trial was about Chris Simms and he said he wasn’t in the car and won his trial. So can we reasonably (sp?) assume his pregnant wife also wasn’t in the car?

    I doubt smelling weed on the upholstery is going to have long lasting affects on this child.

    Now continue on to as Judge and Jury as you may……

  39. thefiesty1 says: May 4, 2011 4:28 PM

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Must have been another one of those Obama appointed liberal judges. No harm no foul, now he can start for the Titans, for a minute or two.

  40. yem123 says: May 4, 2011 4:34 PM

    He’s no Phil, that’s for sure.

  41. thefiesty1 says: May 4, 2011 4:58 PM

    Amazing what daddy’s money can buy. A starting position in college and an aqittal for DUI when he’s passed out in the holding cell. Astonishing!

  42. kneepadz says: May 4, 2011 5:01 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks he was barred out?

  43. henryd3rd says: May 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    Talk about dodging a bullet! One thing Simms may not have counted on and that is what team would want to sign a player like himself whose career is mediocre at best and has shown so little in the way of maturity? My mother always said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show me you”.

  44. freedomispopular says: May 4, 2011 5:20 PM

    Careful, Mike. Phil might wanna punch you.

  45. granadafan says: May 4, 2011 5:50 PM

    Stupid jury fell for lawyer tricks to cast doubt on the integrity of a police officer.

  46. byrmcph says: May 4, 2011 6:14 PM

    Man you people are so harsh…..I betcha Sims could probably woop most of you clowns on here.

  47. JSpicoli says: May 4, 2011 7:33 PM

    Because it is all about “wooping”.

    Everyone who believes Simms, stand on their head.

  48. raijinnokumo says: May 4, 2011 7:46 PM

    I wonder if Phil grounded him..

  49. rajbais says: May 4, 2011 10:53 PM


    Now celebrate with a good stiff chardonnay (spoken in a Scottish accent … God I love them!!!)!!!!!!!!

    Just don’t go overboard!!!!

  50. tommyjcaps says: May 5, 2011 10:05 PM

    Marijuana is SOOOO bad!!

    Legal alcohol consumption?

    SOOOO great! And not dangerous…and not deadly…and…doesn’t have a terrible disease associated with it and….

    oh wait…which one is legal again?

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