It didn’t take much for thirty year old Brooklyn resident Matthew Mills to get through multiple layers of MetLife Stadium’s (what was thought to be) tough security layers. The man simply entered the stadium posing as a man late to work on the night the New Jersey stadium was hosting Super Bowl XLVII.
His tricks were not elaborate and cunning like you would expect to see in a James Bond film – Mills recalled in an interview “I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there, it was that simple.” At the end of the game he had penetrated every layer of security and found himself in the Super Bowl’s media tent. His plan was becoming a success, and moments later his message would broadcast to a national audience through ESPN and other news outlets who were broadcasting a soon-to-be interrupted interview with MVP Malcolm Smith live to millions.
“Investigate 9/11, 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government.” These are the words that the visibly anxious middle aged man spoke after grabbing the microphone away from Malcolm Smith while on live television. Matthew Mills is a self described “9/11 Truther”. These are people who believe that the attacks on September 11th 2001 were a conspiracy run by the US government, and Mills used the opportunity presented to him in order to get this message out to a mass audience.
Although Matthew Mills was still subject to pat downs and searches before his stunt, and immediately arrested afterwards, this event raises many concerns over the security at massive sporting events. Messages to the private security contractor SAFE who was in charge of this event were not returned at the time this story was published by NJ.com.