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Simms to Fight Driving-While-High Charge

Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms will fight to clear himself and defend his rights and reputation after being charged with driving while high on marijuana, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

Simms appeared briefly in a Manhattan court Tuesday, leaving with a May 2nd trial date. He had previously rejected what prosecutors said was a last-chance plea deal, but his lead attorney wasn’t available to start a trial this week.

“Mr. Simms is going to fight for his innocence, and his civil liberties, and his good name,” said another of his lawyers, Kim Richman, declining to elaborate as the two left court. Simms, a son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, exchanged greetings with reporters but didn’t comment on the case.

Chris Simms, 30, was pulled over at a police sobriety checkpoint July 1 after officers said he’d made an erratic turn. A “zombie”-like Simms then said he’d been smoking marijuana in the car, an officer testified at a hearing this fall.

Simms has denied saying that. He wasn’t tested for drugs. Alcohol tests came back negative.

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