FBI Director James Comey said under oath that he has no love for the winner of the 2017 Super Bowl.
"I hate the New England Patriots," Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20, during an interrogation on debatably more serious issues such as Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election and President Donald Trump's comments that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump's phones, according to Fox Sports. "No matter who they play, I'd like them to lose. And I'm at the same time rooting against the Patriots and hoping their opponent beat them because there's only two teams on the field."
Comey's admission came as an explanation as to Russia's possible motives for reportedly assisting Trump while simultaneously working against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, with whom Russian President Vladimir Putin has clashed in the past over the transparency of Russia's elections, according to Politico.
"By the way if I'm honest with myself the reason I don't like the Patriots is they represent sustained excellence, and as a Giants fan that drives me crazy," Comey added, as committee members laughed, notes Fox Sports.
At this point, NSA director, admiral Mike Rogers, chimed in after being prompted to comment on the polarizing subject.
"I'm a Chicago Bears guy born and bred," Rogers weighed in.
Though Comey discussed his bureau's upcoming plans at length to investigate whether or not Russia interfered in the election, those comments did not draw as much controversy among the committee as the director's admission about the popular sports team, whose star quarterback, Tom Brady, has been working with the bureau to locate a valuable stolen jersey.
"Despite your expressed disdain for the New England Patriots I think that Tom Brady would probably like to express his gratitude for the FBI's assistance in recovering his stolen Super Bowl jersey so I'll do that on his behalf now," said Republican Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, according to Fox Sports.
The apparel item went missing a month and a half before it was located on March 20.
"Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots' security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered," tweeted NFL PR representative Brian McCarthy. "Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI."
Fox Sports estimates that the jersey was valued at $500,000, making it a first-degree felony if it was determined that the jersey had indeed been stolen. It was found in the possession of an international media reporter.