CANTON, Ohio – Andre Reed will have the chance to apologize to Jon Bon Jovi in person this weekend.
Maybe Reed can interrupt a chat between Bon Jovi and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to do so.
Bon Jovi, the rock star who wants to buy the Buffalo Bills, will be here in Canton, where Reed will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight. Bon Jovi is scheduled to perform at fellow 2014 Hall of Fame classmate Michael Strahan’s after party.
Bon Jovi probably would love to schmooze Goodell about the Bills’ sales process. Prospective buyers Terry and Kim Pegula, Bon Jovi’s Toronto-based group and Donald Trump submitted non-binding initial bids Tuesday.
“I’ll be getting an update next week,” Goodell told reporters Friday at the Hall of Fame. “But we’ve obviously had first bids that were submitted this week. They are moving into the second phase, exchanging more information with all of the candidates.
“I do not know how many people remain in that process. That’s not something I may ever know. It seems like it’s proceeding on a normal basis.”
Reed, meanwhile, expressed regret over – but did not retract – coarse criticisms he made about Bon Jovi and Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel in a New York magazine article published last week.
“You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls” if Bon Jovi were to get the Bills,” Reed said.
Reed suggested Friday he meant what he said. He just didn’t mean for his words to be printed.
“Those comments were off the record,” Reed said at a Hall of Fame news conference. “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. But, on the other end of that, Johnny Manziel is a rookie. He hasn’t done anything yet. 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. But that was supposed to be off the record. It happened, and I apologize to Bon Jovi and I apologize to Johnny Manziel. I meant nothing about it.”
Reed spent 15 of his 16 seasons with the Bills. He caught 951 passes for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns. He’ll be the 10th Bills players to enter the Hall of Fame.
“I spent half of my life up there, and that team is really important to me,” Reed said. “The city is important to me. The region’s important to me. And I would do anything to have a voice in keeping the team there.
“Whatever happens is out of my control, but if I can be a voice of the fans, then that’s what I’m going to do.”