Pal Says NFL’s Chris Simms Didn’t Smoke Marijuana Before Driving

NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – A childhood friend of Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms has told a jury the player wasn’t smoking marijuana before being pulled over in New York City.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell With The Story From The Courthouse

Friend Charles Granatell testified Tuesday he’s the one whose smoking created a marijuana smell. Police said it wafted from Simms’ luxury SUV during a July 1 traffic stop.

Granatell says he didn’t smoke in the vehicle, but beforehand. He says he did that because Simms’ pregnant wife Danielle was in the car. He says when he got in, his clothing still smelled of marijuana and she was annoyed.

The 30-year-old Simms is on trial on a misdemeanor charge of driving while high.

A police officer says Simms was “zombie”-like and said he’d been smoking marijuana. Simms denies it. He says the officer misunderstood him when he said Granatell had been smoking the drug.

The officer says that the smell of marijuana was so strong when he pulled the car over that it gave him a headache.

The defense challenged Granatell for not speaking up at the time of the incident, when his friend was being accused of driving while high.

Granatell says he didn’t say anything at the time because he was nervous, and because he was high at the time.

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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  • Jeff Spicoli

    I remember this story: a cloud of smoke emanated from Simms’ car as he opened the window. Of course he was stoned, and he did admit it to the police. Why lie?

  • Michael H.

    The smell was so strong the cop got a headache? I call a big steaming pile of horse manure. The cop is full of it.

  • pugphan

    Yea, recently a mom was busted for possession, her kids were sent to foster homes, and one of them was kidnapped, raped, and turned by a pimp. For sure
    being a single mom, she needed a toke every once in a while to deal with her kids. Now her poor preteen kid will have to deal with that for the rest of her life. Some times cops have no heart, and you wonder why peeps in the inner city have almost no respect for them. Perhaps it is time to change things.

  • Super Toke

    Wow Clint, and you work for 1800packrat?

  • Clint Grano

    the stuff is almost legal now, when will we stop this stupid pot busting

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