They saw him rolling. They were hating. They were patrolling as they tried to catch Chris Simms riding dirty. And then the police officers succeeded. Backup Titans quarterback, son of Phil Simms and noted citizen without a spleen Chris Simms was on what the kids these days call a ‘burn run’ when his driving got a bit too swervy for the liking of law enforcement officials, who pulled him over and found him red-eyed and contemplating the pros and cons of a Cheeto-flavored soft drink.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms was busted in the West Village this morning on charges of driving while stoned, The Post has learned. Simms, 29, of Nashville, was stopped while driving his 2009 Mercedes Benz through an NYPD Manhattan South Task Force checkpoint on W. Houston Street at 1:35 a.m., according to a source. Simms reeked of marijuana and admitted to officers he had smoked earlier in the car, a source said.
When I think of marijuana related arrests for professional athletes, the first thing that comes to mind is the sensational New York Times piece by Selena Roberts that documented the extensive use of illegal substances by NBA athletes, and examined how lax the drug testing system the NBA employed really was. Though the NBA and NFL are obviously two completely different animals, you’d have to imagine that marijuana usage is also high in football. For example, a recent Sports Illustrated piece documented the troublingly high levels of marijuana usage for the 2010 draft class.
There’s a widespread belief within the NFL that the 2010 draft represents one of the deepest and most promising pools of collegiate talent in years. But in addition to the vast potential of this year’s draft class, numerous NFL personnel evaluators told SI.com they are concerned about the increased number of prospects who have a history of marijuana use in their background, with players often acknowledging a failed drug test for pot in college in interviews with team executives.
According to one veteran club personnel man, 10 or 11 players who carry first-round draft grades on their board this year have been red-flagged for marijuana use in college, an estimate echoed by two clubs’ head coaches. Another NFL head coach estimated that “one-third” of the players on his club’s draft board had some sort of history with marijuana use and would thus require an extra level of evaluation as part of the pre-draft scouting process. -SI
Many notable NFL players have been busted for pot in the past, including top tier talents such as Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Percy Harvin and, of course, Sticky Ricky Williams. Hey, a lot of people in America smoke doobies and the NFL is no different. I just don’t know why Chris Simms needs to smoke himself up so badly. Maybe he’s stressed out about holding for Rob Bironas’ monster robo-leg boomshots.
All the NFL can do is either strengthen their drug policy to Olympic-level blood testing or keep letting their players continue beating tests with their Whizzinators and kicker pee. Personally, I don’t want to live in a world where straight men don’t have to explain to airport security why they’re lugging around a big plastic dong.