HOUSTON (CBSDC/AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinions are often viewed as controversial.

This time, however, a question posed by the Houston Chronicle to the justice elicited an answer that may anger a new group of people – football fans in Washington, DC.

“I’m not really much of a football fan,” he told the paper, when asked whether or not he supports the Washington Redskins. “To the extent I am, I hate the Redskins. In fact, I always root for Dallas,” Scalia replied.

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The Chronicle followed up with a question about Syria.

“Now, I shouldn’t talk about that,” Scalia said to the paper. “I have strong views on it, though.”

The justice appeared Friday evening at the Lanier Theological Library, founded by Houston attorney Mark Lanier, whose firm has won multimillion-dollar verdicts in asbestos and consumer drug cases. The library has some 120,000 volumes on church history, Biblical studies, Egyptology and linguistics.

The library traditionally has invited authors, theologians and researchers as lecturers.

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Scalia’s opinions place him among the most conservative justices. President Ronald Reagan appointed him in 1986, making him the longest-serving of the current nine justices on the nation’s highest court.

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