Titans' Chris Simms appears in NYC court

NEW YORK (AP) -- A defense attorney says Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms is innocent and will fight for "his civil liberties and his good name."

Attorney Kim Richman accompanied Simms to a brief Manhattan court appearance Tuesday. The football player is due back before the judge on May 2.

Simms previously rejected what prosecutors said was a last-chance plea deal in January.

The 30-year-old son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was pulled over at a police sobriety checkpoint July 1. An officer said a zombie-like Simms said he'd been smoking marijuana in the car. Simms has denied saying that.

He wasn't tested for drugs. Alcohol tests came back negative.

The most serious charge against Simms is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.

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