EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (PIX11) – Despite Super Bowl XLVIII’s fortress-like security presence, a 9/11 truther with no credentials managed to interrupt a post-game interview and grab the microphone from MVP Malcolm Smith.
A self-described 9/11 truther from Brooklyn, 30-year-old Matthew Mills told NJ.com his goal at the beginning of the day was just to get near the stadium — a formidable goal considering the massive joint operation by federal and local forces to secure the Super Bowl site.
Mills, who works as an independent journalist, decided to take it further when he spotted a shuttle bus at Secaucus Junction carting employees to the game.
He wore a press badge from a festival he had worked at and used a simple phrase to bypass multiple security points.
“I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there,” Mills told NJ.com. “It was that simple.”
Mixing with reporters, Mills waited for his opportunity and then simply walked to the microphone where Seahawks’ Super Bowl MVP Malcom Smith was discussing his stellar game.
Broadcasted live on ESPN, Smith’s eyes get wide as he sees Mills approach him quickly before grabbing the microphone.
“Investigate 9/11, 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government,” Mills said before he was pulled away by security.
Mills was charged with trespassing after security realized he didn’t have a press pass or a ticket.