New Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed apologized for his harsh words toward potential Bills buyer Jon Bon Jovi.
But he didn’t exactly back away from them.
Reed said that he thought he was speaking off the record when he told a magazine reporter “F— Bon Jovi.” He also suggested that Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel should rein it in, but backtracked a bit on the eve of his induction to the Hall.
“Those comments were off the record,” Reed said, via Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “This guy from the magazine ended up printing what I said. I would not say that to be printed in a magazine. I said that stuff, thinking the guy wouldn’t put it in there. He was looking for a story, and he put it in there. I have nothing against Bon Jovi. I’ve got nothing against Johnny Manziel. I don’t even know him.”
So he said it, but he just didn’t mean for anyone to hear it.
“On the other end of that, Johnny Manziel is a rookie; he hasn’t done anything yet,” Reed continued. “And people in Buffalo don’t want Bon Jovi to buy the team and move it. So basically I said stuff people would maybe say. It happened, and I apologize to Bon Jovi and I apologize to Johnny Manziel. I meant nothing about it. . . .
“I spent half my life up there, the team is important to me, the city is important to me, the region’s important to me, and I would do anything to have a voice to keep that team there. If I can be a voice for the fans, that’s what I’m going to do.”
He’ll just likely not be as colorful about it the next time he uses that voice.