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The press conference for Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was briefly interrupted Sunday night by a man who stepped in front of Smith at the podium and said, “9/11 was perpetrated by our own government.”

He was quickly ushered off, but it was an odd, unsettling security lapse. The Seattle Seahawks linebacker initially looked stunned, then recovered and said, “Somebody check his press pass.”

The man’s identity was not immediately known, although it wasn’t Pete Carroll, whose own 9/11 interest was the subject of a Deadspin story last spring.

The man was identified by NJ.com as Matthew Mills, a 30-year-old man who had no ticket or credential. He just slipped past everyone with the time-tested technique of acting as if he knew where he was going and was behind schedule.

“I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there,” Mills said. “It was that simple.”

So much for the best security money can buy.

“I didn’t think that I’d get that far,” Mills said. “I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded.”

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