Chris Simms Acquitted in Pot Case

The 30-year-old Simms was arrested at a sobriety checkpoint July 1.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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New York City jurors have acquitted Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms in his driving-while-high case.

Simms says he's relieved at the acquittal but angry about being arrested in the first place. Jurors delivered their verdict Wednesday after about an hour of deliberations in the misdemeanor case.

The 30-year-old Simms was arrested at a sobriety checkpoint July 1.

A police officer said Simms' SUV smelled of marijuana, and Simms was "zombie"-like and said he'd been smoking the drug. Simms says the officer misunderstood him saying a passenger had been smoking it.

The passenger, Charles Granatell, testified that he smoked pot while Simms briefly stopped at another friend's birthday party.

Simms started his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. His father is former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms.

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