Billionaire and catchphrase enthusiast Donald Trump says he has been contacted by a group to possibly buy the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN.com.
“People have actually talked to me about the Bills,” Trump told WBEN radio in Buffalo. “I mean, the group of people called me — would I be interested in investing and I’ll take a look at it. I mean, I look at a lot of things. I’ll take a look at it.”
This comes surprisingly fast after the passing of the only owner Buffalo has ever had, Ralph Wilson, Jr earlier in the week. Many have speculated about the future of the Bills, but none believe a new owner would happen for a couple years.
“I know so many people in Buffalo and they have asked me about look at that and I certainly would look at it but I would … if it were me I’d keep the team in Buffalo,” he said. “I think it’s something that is really vital to the area. … It would be catastrophic, in my opinion, if Buffalo lost the Buffalo Bills.”
The business mogul said he is “very good friends” with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is about to undergo treatment for cancer in New York City.
“He called me and actually his family is staying at one of my apartments in New York as he’s going through a very rough time. He’s a great guy and he sounded actually really good two days ago. He called me from the hospital.”
Many speculated Jim Kelly would lead a group in purchasing the Bills when Wilson eventually passed away. He told ESPN in an interview in 2010 that he would try to keep the Bills from relocating following Wilson’s death.
“I do have people in line that will want to purchase the team and keep it in western New York because I do not entertain any offers from anybody looking to move the Buffalo Bills from western New York. I just won’t do it. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them in Buffalo.”
Our thoughts are with Jim as he fights his battle with cancer and with the Wilson family after their loss.
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