Matthew Mills was arrested after the Super Bowl on trespassing charges stemming from his interruption of the Seahawks’ postgame press conference.
Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was seated at the podium taking questions from reporters when Mills took the microphone from Smith to urge anyone who would listen to, “investigate 9/11.” While Smith sat that rather stunned that Mills was able to make it onto the stage, Mills continued on with his conspiracy theory by yelling, “”9/11 was perpetrated by people in our own government.”
Mills, and independent journalist, later explained how he was able to get past security to deliver his message.
Matthew Mills, an 30-year-old independent journalist from Brooklyn, told NJ.com his aim was just to get close to MetLife Stadium — which had layers of security in what’s supposed to be the most secure sporting event in the United States — so he could conduct some fan interviews.
Then the 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 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.”
So not only did Mills get into the game without a ticket or a credential, he also was able to get to a microphone that would be heard on national television. Pretty tight security at the Super Bowl, huh?