Bills coach Rex Ryan will take a break from draft prep to introduce presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Buffalo on Monday night. Ryan made the announcement while talking to reporters during a news conference following the first day of the team's offseason conditioning program.
When first asked about it, Ryan, according to NewYorkUpstate.com, said, "Well, we'll have to stick around and find out." He then added, "Yeah, it should be interesting."
So does this mean that Trump has Ryan's support for the Republican nomination?
"Oh my gosh," Ryan said. "I'm going to introduce him, that's true. That's a true statement. But I'm not going to say who my endorsement is and all that stuff. I'll say this, Chris Christie was my guy 100 percent because we were the lap-banded brothers. We both had that lap band and we really are pretty close."
A short time later, the Bills issued a statement on the matter.
“It is a personal decision by Rex to introduce Donald Trump at this evening’s rally,” the team said, via ESPN.com. “The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at tonight’s event.”
Trump was interested in buying the team back in 2014, and was less than gracious when Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the Bills for $1.4 billion.
Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2014
As CBSSports.com's John Breech pointed out at the time, Trump had previously said that Pegula overpaid for the team.