As if Bills fans didn’t already have enough reasons to believe Jon Bon Jovi has become a Trojan Horse for an effort by Toronto money men to move the franchise out of Buffalo, documents that provide the closest thing yet to a smoking gun have been found.
Via the Associated Press, the Buffalo Fan Alliance has found several press releases referring to Rogers communications consultant Roger Rai as part of an ownership group “attempting to acquire and move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto.”
Newly-minted Hall of Famer Andre Reed serves on the Buffalo Fan Alliance’s Advisory Board. Last month, Reed expressed significant disdain for the Bon Jovi effort to buy the team, complete with the direction of a four-letter word to the seven-letter singer.
While Rai attributes the references to a “mistake” and tells the AP he’s not involved in the ownership group, the disclosure will do nothing to persuade leery fans to believe that the recent proclamations by Bon Jovi of an intention to keep the team in Buffalo lack credibility — especially since Bon Jovi’s letter carefully avoids making an unconditional commitment to keeping the team in Western New York.
It once seemed that Bon Jovi had an inside track to securing the Bills, even if he wouldn’t have been the controlling owner of the team. It now seems that Bon Jovi will need to try to find another group to supply the bulk of the cash for the acquisition of another team, whenever another team becomes available to purchase.