NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms chose to play in a pre-season game instead of appearing in a New York court for a hearing.
Simms, 29, son of Phil Simms, the New York Giants quarterback turned CBS sportscaster, faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs in Manhattan, the New York Post reports. He was scheduled for a hearing Monday.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Michael Yavinsky was inclined to cut Simms some slack. Simms' lawyer had notified him he would be playing with the Titans.
The judge refused a motion by prosecutors to issue a warrant for his arrest. But he warned Simms' lawyer, Kim Richman, he can't dodge court forever.
"I'm not issuing a bench warrant, but I want him here on a future date," the judge said. "If Mondays are bad because Sundays he works, let's not pick a Monday."