The stereotype of conspiracy nuts is loosely parallel to that of computer programmers; something about basements, neck beards and lots of computers. Pete Carroll should put that idea to rest forever, since he is one of the best dressed coaches in the NFL in addition to being serious 9/11 truther.
The subject of Carroll’s queries was not simple or small. From the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and Twin Towers to the legitimacy of the Iraq and Afganinstan invasions, and questioning the role and value of the military industrial complex in the modern world, Carroll used this opportunity to pursue a tough line of questioning.
“In particular, Carroll wanted to know whether the attack on the Pentagon had really happened. Chiarelli—who was the top-ranking Army official inside the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into its western side—explained that it had. He said he had lost many colleagues. But Carroll didn’t stop there. He ran through the whole 9/11 truther litany.
Every 9/11 conspiracy theory you can think of, Pete asked about,” said Riki Ellison, the former NFL linebacker who now runs the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and introduced Carroll to Chiarelli. Ellison, along with Seahawks offensive line coach Pat Ruel, was at the meeting as well. “And he didn’t stop at 9/11—he had lots of questions about the role of the military today.”