Jon Bon Jovi, generally speaking, seems harmless. But if you're a fan of the Buffalo Bills, your opinion of him might be somewhat different. Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto-based group interested in buying the NFL team.
Under the terms of the Bills' lease, the franchise can't negotiate with potential owners who might move the team out of Buffalo. But Bon Jovi's group has already conducted a feasibility study for buying an NFL team and building a stadium in Toronto. As you might expect, Bills fans aren't impressed. And that includes former Bills wide receiver and 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Andre Reed.
"Man, f--- Bon Jovi! You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls," Reed told New York Magazine, via ESPN.com, which notes that Reed's comments were apparently part of a conversation with the co-founders of the "Buffalo Fan Alliance," a group that wants to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
"Now, I ain't gonna lie to you," Reed added. "One year I went up to Toronto, and man, I had a good-ass time up there."
Whether that's why Bon Jovi might move the team remains unknown. However, a report from earlier this month suggested that Bon Jovi's group wants to keep the team in Buffalo. But words are just that to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
"It is my personal opinion that any bid associated with the Toronto group has a long-term interest in moving the team to Toronto," Poloncarz said a tad more diplomatically than Reed.
But there could be a loophole for Bon Jovi's group.
Toronto is within 90 miles of Buffalo and considered Buffalo's NFL territory. Moving the team there might not be considered relocation.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) April 29, 2014
And if that were to happen, we can only imagine Reed would have a good-ass time in Toronto, but grudgingly, of course.