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9/11 truther interrupts Malcolm Smith press conference

Jay Busbee
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A strange scene played out after Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night.  As MVP Malcolm Smith was preparing to speak at a press conference, a man walked onstage, grabbed Smith's microphone, and said, "Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government."

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The man was quickly hustled offstage by a NFL official and arrested for trespassing, but his appearance raised plenty of questions. Who was he? How was he able to get into an allegedly secure area?

The New Jersey state police later identified the man as Matthew Mills, 30, an independent journalist from Brooklyn. NJ.net noted that he was affiliated with WeAreChange, an organization with the mission of "confronting prominent and powerful people with the tough questions the mainstream media doesn't want to ask."

How did he get so far into the heart of the Super Bowl complex? By using a time-honored method: acting like he belonged. Mills wore an old credential that he got for working a festival and bypassed security checks by insisting that he was busy and needed to keep moving forward. Soon enough, he found himself at the podium.

"I didn't think that I'd get that far," Mills told NJ.com. "I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded."

Obviously, the truther statement carries more weight within sight of where the World Trade Center once stood. Fox ran a short pregame feature involving Jay Glazer visiting Freedom Tower. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has questioned official accounts of 9/11, but this was something else entirely.

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Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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