Reporting Irene Cornell
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.
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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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