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9/11 'truther' arrested for hijacking Super Bowl news conference

Published time: February 03, 2014 19:13
Edited time: February 04, 2014 09:08
A screenshot from a video uploaded on Vine by user@The Regner Brothers

A screenshot from a video uploaded on Vine by user@The Regner Brothers

A Brooklyn man was arrested during Sunday’s Super Bowl postgame press conferences after he interrupted a player and declared his opinion on the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

Right as Super Bowl MVP Malcom Smith was preparing to speak to the media following the football game, independent journalist Mathew Mills, 30, surged towards the podium, took control of the microphone, and stated his belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories.

"Investigate 9/11," he shouted to towards the press and the television cameras. "9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government."

Multiple 9/11 conspiracies exist, but generally they claim the United States government either played a hand in the destruction of the World Trade Center towers, as well the plane crash at the Pentagon, or that the government had advance knowledge of the attacks and allowed them to proceed regardless.

Following Mills’ declaration, he was escorted out of the area by public relations and arrested by police for trespassing. He was later released, but his ability to gain entry into the stadium without a press pass or a ticket raised questions about the security in place at the Super Bowl.

Speaking with, Mills said his original goal was merely to get close to the stadium and interview fans about the game. He was able to board an employee bus to the event, however, and decided to see just how far he could get before being noticed.

Mills had a press pass from an unrelated event hanging around his neck that looked similar to those authorized for the Super Bowl. Simply by telling officials that he was late for work, he eventually made his way into the media tent.

"I didn't think that I'd get that far. I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded," he said. "I just saw my opportunity to get my word out there and I took it.”

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that 9/11 “truthers” have been part of the Super Bowl conversation. Pete Carroll, the coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has raised eyebrows in the past for reportedly questioning the existence of the attacks on the Pentagon, and those comments resurfaced in the run-up to Sunday’s big game.

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Elsa)

According to a report by Deadspin last June, Carroll supposedly questioned retired general Peter Chiarelli, who at the time had just concluded his term as vice chief of staff for the Army. As the report noted, Carroll “wanted to know whether the attack on the Pentagon had really happened.”

“Every 9/11 conspiracy theory you can think of, Pete asked about,” Riki Ellison, the former NFL linebacker who now runs the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and was present at the meeting, told Deadspin. “And he didn’t stop at 9/11—he had lots of questions about the role of the military today.”

Over the course of the last two weeks, Carroll was never asked about his alleged comments, and at the time Ellison chalked up his line of questioning simply to curiosity and skepticism. "Pete grew up in California during Vietnam, and during Watergate,” he said. “That's just the perspective he brings to the table."

Comments (64)


Jon 19.03.2014 17:39

9-11 was an inside job! Jet fuel burns at a maximum temp of 1800 F. Black smoke was coming from the WTC twin towers that day which indicates an oxygen starved fire and couldn't have gotten anywhere near 1800 F. A36 construction steel which the twin towers were constructed of melts at 2850 F! Molten steel found 11 weeks later in the basements of all 3 buildings! Wake up people!


Frank 06.02.2014 13:57

Good work Mr. Mills, people like you will eventually force the truth out and then, hopefully, the real criminals within our own government will be held accountable.

I have always thought Pete Carroll was the best coach in football, success at both the college and professional level. I now have newfound respect for him for questioning the government version of 9/11 and for not being afraid of losing his high public reputation because he is willing to ask questions.


Jesus is going to win 05.02.2014 19:53

Ruby Renae 04.02.2014 22:20

You obviously haven't read the books I mentioned. Did the KKK and some businessmen cover up 9/11 and JFK's assassination? Did they goo on to kill Robert Kennedy and then send US troops to Vietnam? No. Please read before dismissing what I'm saying.

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