by Jason Butt
July 29, 02014
Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, and soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee, offered some harsh words toward musician Jon Bon Jovi and Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel in a lengthy story published in New York Magazine.
While the story's overall focus, written by Reeves Wiederman, is on the dedication from Buffalo's fans to keep the franchise in the city and away from Bon Jovi's potential ownership, Reed's quotes stood out due to the candor they were spoken in.
When it came to the notion of the New Jersey-born Bon Jovi buying the franchise and potentially moving it to Toronto, Reed had this to say:
"Man f--- Bon Jovi! You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”
Reed later admitted that if the franchise was moved to Toronto, that the organization would have to pay him to keep his association.
In addition, Reed, at a Buffalo casino, looked up at a television and saw a tweet from Manziel on ESPN, which stated that LeBron James was "my guy" after he announced he would be returning to Cleveland. That prompted Reed to voice his opinion on the rookie quarterback, who has drawn a lot of criticism this offseason for being photographed partying in various locations across the country.
“Who the f--- is Johnny Manziel?” Reed stated. “LeBron ain’t your guy! You’re not 'Johnny Football.' You’re 'Johnny Rookie B----.'"
Reed then added the city of Buffalo wouldn't put up with Manziel's antics the way Browns have.
"They’d boo that motherf----- outta here,” Reed said. “The fans would put him in his place."
Aside from Reed's comments, Wiederman's story is a great read about a city doing what it can to keep its football team in place at a grass roots level. It would definitely be a shame if the Bills left town based on the franchise's longstanding NFL legacy, whether it was due to Bon Jovi buying the team or anyone else for that matter.
But that is the business side of the NFL. It's an unfortunate reality at times.
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