DC Trawler

Huffington Post Welcomes Dontè Stallworth, Former NFL Player And 9/11 Truther, As National Security Fellow

Arianna Huffington sure knows how to pick her team. She’s had various flavors of lunatics and crazies write for her website in the past, but most of them weren’t on staff. That, it seems, is about to change.

According to HuffPo’s Political Editor and White House Correspondent Sam Stein, former NFL player Dontè Stallworth has been hired as a National Security Fellow. That’s right, a former NFL player is now a “Politics Fellow” at Huffington Post covering national security.

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That would be weird enough (though not surprising for HuffPo, which seems to have zero standards when it comes to any of their “journalist” positions), but it turns out Stallworth has a 9/11 truther past.

On July 20, 2009, Stallworth tweeted, “NO WAY 9/11 was carried out by a ‘dying’ Bin Laden, 19 men who couldn’t fly a damn kite. STILL have NO EVIDENCE Osama was connected, like Iraq.”

In case Dontè decides to delete that tweet, here’s a screen capture.

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He then doubled-down on the stupid, adding, “Gggrrrrrrrrrrrrr @ ppl who actually believe a plane hit the pentagon on 9/11… hole woulda been ASTRONOMICALLY bigger, God bless lost lives”

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He completed a tri-fecta of crazy with, “it’s called false flag operations… it’s been done numerous times THROUGHOUT history… our own CIA has done it multiple times in foreign..”

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That’s credibility you’re seeing built right there, folks.

But trutherism is hardly the only blemish on Stallworth’s past.

Also in 2009, not a good year for him, he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter for hitting and killing 59-year old Mario Reyes while drunk. He faced 15 years, he got 30 dayd and served 24.

Arianna welcomed her new hire, tweeting to him, “welcome aboard! We’re so excited to have you here.”

Why him? Who knows?

According to Wikipedia, Stallworth majored in psychology at the University of Tennessee and played for seven NFL teams, missing the 2009 season for obvious reasons. So why not journalism?

What Stallworth will bring the HuffPo remains to be seen, but I hope whatever deal he worked out with them that it comes with a driver.

H/T to Andrew Johnson from National Review for discovering the tweets.

UPDATE: HuffPo contacted me and asked me to update the news on Stallworth. Rather than do that, I wrote a new post responding to them. Read it here.