There was a time when Jon Bon Jovi was ready to become a fixture in Buffalo, NY, but a negative experience – spurred on by Donald Trump – led the rocker to swear he would never set foot in the city again.
That was in 2014, when the NFL’s Buffalo Bills went on sale. Bon Jovi, an avid football fan, was part of a group bidding to buy the team. Trump also looked at the franchise, but he knew he could not match the financial strength of the rocker and his Toronto-based partners.
As reported by GQ, Trump drew the help of Republican strategist Michael Caputo to create a grassroots campaign against Bon Jovi. Their main claim is that the rocker planned to move the team from Buffalo to Canada.
“I can tell you, I swear to you on a stack of Bibles because I had to have this tough conversation with the two partners: ̵
Trump’s plan worked to some degree. Fans of the team turned on the rocker, with a group called the “12th Man Thunder” popping up to host anti-Bon Jovi events. In the end, the musician and his partners would not get the bills, but neither would Trump. Terry Pegula, a local businessman and owner of the Buffalo Sabers NHL team, bought the franchise for $ 1.4 billion.
Bon Jovi still calls the experience “one of the biggest disappointments” of his life. “I will never go back to Buffalo,” the singer claimed. “You will never see my face in Buffalo ever. I’ve knocked it off the card. ”