The latest is in the British version of GQ, with a story headlined, Jon Bon Jovi: ‘I will never go back to Buffalo, New York.’
Bon Jovi, whose album 2020 is a commentary on the state of America, called not getting the Bills “one of the biggest disappointments of my life.”
Trump’s efforts to take down the Toronto bid – which became known as the Bon Jovi bid – was orchestrated by Michael Caputo, whose job was to push the narrative that if Bon Jovi and his partners got the team, they would move the Bills to Toronto. He also was behind a group called “Bills Fans Thunder” (originally 12th Man Thunder), and the group created “Bon Jovi-free zones,” which sprung up at local bars and businesses.
“I can tell you, I swear to you on a stack of Bibles, because I had to have this hardy conversation with the two partners: ‘We’re not gonna get this unless we keep this here,’ ” Bon Jovi told GQ. “We never saw it coming. I was calling the town councilman, telling him, ‘I’m moving to Buffalo, New York!’ ”
That Bon Jovi’s group was not aware of the no relocation language calls into question the homework their did, while initially considering moving the team to Toronto.
Bon Jovi’s group didn’t get the Bills. Neither did Trump. Terry and Kim Pegula, the owners of the Sabres, purchased the team.
“We showed up with a billion three, sitting there with a check,” Bon Jovi told GQ. “And we could have easily bought it at any price. We didn’t get to get back in the room. (Pegula) said, ‘What do I have to do to not leave this table without owning the team?’ ”
The Pegulas paid $1.4 billion, and there is now way of knowing what Bon Jovi’s group bid.
The end result still stings, Bon Jovi said. “I won’t ever go back to the city of Buffalo. You will never see my face in Buffalo ever. I have knocked it off the map.”