A 9/11 truther stole the show, at least briefly, during Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith's press conference last night. The man behind the mic has been identified as 30-year-old Matthew Mills, an independent journalist from Brooklyn, reports Yahoo! Sports on Monday.
What’s surprising though is that Mills had neither a ticket nor a press pass, but still managed to bypass multiple layers of security and get on live television.
NJ.com has the bizarre details on Mills' story, which started when the amateur journalist just wanted to conduct interviews with some of the fans leaving the game:
“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.”
Security officials at the Super Bowl were supposed to verify each badge and credential, which come with a scanable bar code. But evidently the “I’m late” excuse is enough to get past those who were in charge with ensuring the safety of tens of thousands inside.
"I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there," Mills said. "It was that simple. 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."
After the game, Mills decided to stick around and see where else his phoney baloney badge might lead him.
"I just saw my opportunity to get my word out there and I took it," Mills said.
Instead of giving a shout out to his homeys, Mills decided to spurt some political gobbledygook. He grabbed the microphone as Smith began to talk to reporters and said the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington were "perpetrated by people in our own government."
Mills was quickly escorted away and subsequently arrested. The NFL, understandably, declined to comment on the hullabaloo.