Malcolm Smith’s MVP press conference interrupted by 9/11 ‘truther’
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith said that he definitely did not expect to win the MVP award at Super Bowl XLVIII. He probably did not envision what happened at the start of his postgame press conference, either.
As Smith took his seat, a Super Bowl champions t-shirt on top of his pads, someone ran onto the podium and grabbed the microphone from in front of Smith.
“Investigate 9/11 — 9/11 was perpetrated by people in our own government,” said the man who was later identified as 30-year-old Brooklyn native Matthew Mills, according to a report by NJ.com’s A.J. Perez.
Smith looked to the members of NFL public relations at his side after Mills began talking, and one P.R. member managed to remove Mills from the stage. The New Jersey State police later arrested him for trespassing.
Mills didn’t have a credential or ticket, according to NJ.com, and sneaked into what’s supposed to be one of the most secure events in the U.S.
[T]he self-described 9/11 truther saw an employee bus at Secaucus Junction and hopped aboard.
Around Mills’ neck was an old credential from a festival he covered, a rectangular badge that, at quick glance, didn’t look too dissimilar from the ones issued to media members, team employees and others who worked the Super Bowl.
He also used a common refrain whenever hassled by security, which is supposed to verify each credential or ticket with a barcode along with putting attendees through other security screenings.
“I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there,” Mills said. “It was that simple.”
Mills said he got through multiple layers of security using that bogus story.
“I didn’t think that I’d get that far,” Mill said. “I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded.”
Here’s the incident, captured off ESPN’s live footage of Smith’s presser: