Report: Seahawks Coach Peppered 4-Star General With 9/11 ‘Conspiracy’ Questions

Pete Carroll (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)CBS New York

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll hosted a retired four-star general at the Seahawks facility last spring and blitzed him with questions about whether the 9/11 attacks “had been planned or faked” by the government, according to

Decorated general Peter Chiarelli, who had just called it a career, was discussing football and brain injuries with Carroll before the conversation took a turn, Deadspin reported.  

“Every 9/11 conspiracy theory you can think of, Pete asked about,” former NFL linebacker Riki Ellison told Deadspin.

Ellison said Carroll “didn’t stop at 9/11—he had lots of questions about the role of the military today.”

Ellison founded the non-profit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance. He connected Carroll with Chiarelli and was at the meeting along with offensive line coach Pat Ruel, according to Deadspin.

“Pete had a four-star general in the room, one of the army’s top guys,” Ellison told the website. “Why wouldn’t you push the envelope?”

It’s unclear whether the exchange went sour. One source close to the general told Deadspin that it got testy, though he wasn’t in the room. Meanwhile, Ellison insisted it was a “fun” discussion.

“Pete grew up in California during Vietnam, and during Watergate,” Ellison said. “That’s just the perspective he brings to the table.”

2 thoughts on “Report: Seahawks Coach Peppered 4-Star General With 9/11 ‘Conspiracy’ Questions

  1. NFL head coaches have a tendency to be straight forward honest, because if they are not they would have a bunch of hoe-bo’s on their team and a winning percentage of 10%. I like that about real men in our society, integrity and a clear view of what is true and what is false. If the 4 star general was a Marine you can be damn sure coach would of gotten a straight forward honest answer.

  2. Pete Carroll has always showed a respectful amount of courage & ability to adjust to difficult challenges. Sounds like he was testing the Admiral to see if he had the same Moxie! I’m a Seahawk fan & Pete Carroll has brought them up to be one of the top contenders in the NFL & I believe a true patriot…..Continue to grille on Coach!!!! Fight for Liberty, Freedom & Justice

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