Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith’s press conference took a bizarre turn while he was in the middle of answering questions. The Seattle Seahawks star, who just got off the field at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford N.J., had the microphone taken away from him when a man barged his way on to the stage.
Probably like everyone else in the room, Smith (whose team just won a blowout game) had a stunned look when the balding man dressed in a red and black flannel shirt tried to take advantage of the NFL’s press time to talk about the devastating attack on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Investigate 9/11,” the man blurted out quickly. After the shock wore away, Smith began to look around for assistance, while the man added this last statement: “9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government.”
He did not get to say anything else because he was removed from the stage.
Thanks to Vine and Twitter the clip has gone viral. Most people have taken it as a joke, and Smith seemed to take the wacky interruption in stride. "Somebody check his press pass," Smith joked, according to USA Today.
The currently unidentified man was quickly whisked away by security personnel. As the news site noted, the main problem isn’t that someone is accusing the U.S. government of orchestrating an attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, but instead that there was such a breach in security that he was able to get through and steal the microphone from Smith.
Though the event is troublesome, social media has taken the security’s blunder and made it into one big joke. Hundreds of comments about the viral clip are coming in and #Investiagte911 already has its own hashtag. The Vine clip of Smith’s bizarre press conference, along with some #Investigate911 tweets have been listed below. Check them out:
There's a hashtag trending sayin #Investigate911 due to a guy that interrupted a speech after the Super Bowl
— Adam / boogee (@itsboogee) February 3, 2014
— Nick Dunavant (@NickDunavant) February 3, 2014
He got that whole sentence off tho>. #investigate911
— L (@Mr_Brown26) February 3, 2014
Many touted the intruder as a hero:
#Investigate911 we won't be silenced!!!
— Ibrahim Yansaneh (@Signature_Flow_) February 3, 2014
Y'all better wake up, that man knows something we don't.. #Investigate911
— Lonna D.. (@Lonna_Roo) February 3, 2014
— Fernando (@SuperBeaner) February 3, 2014
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Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....