SEATTLE (CBS Seattle)Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reportedly questioned a four-star general about whether the 9/11 terror attacks were planned by the United States government.

Deadspin reports that the incident occurred when retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli visited Carroll at the Seahawks headquarters last spring. Carroll reportedly asked if the terror attacks that killed thousands was “planned or faked by the United States government,” especially the attack on the Pentagon.

“Every 9/11 conspiracy theory you can think of, Pete asked about,” Riki Ellison, a former NFL linebacker who runs the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and introduced the two, told Deadspin. “And he didn’t stop at 9/11 – he had lots of questions about the role of the military today.”

Chiarelli reportedly told Carroll that he lost many colleagues when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

According to Deadspin, the talk got “hostile” and Chiarelli left the room at one point. Ellison tells the website that is not true and the two had a “fun” discussion.

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

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

Carroll has not been immune to controversy. The University of Southern California football team he coached in 2004 was stripped of its national championship when running back Reggie Bush accepted improper gifts from a sports marketer.

Carroll is 25-23 in three seasons as the Seahawks head coach.

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