Although a feud between Donald Trump and Jon Bon Jovi may seem out of left field, that’s because their rift is more of a shocking Super Bowl streaker than a wholesome baseball reference. According to The Guardian, Trump and Bon Jovi’s beef began in 2014 when the singer and the businessman both tried to buy the Buffalo Bills football team. Despite outbidding Trump with the help of his Canadian investors, a strong sense of distaste for the artist began to spread across Buffalo, N.Y., following rumors he planned to relocate the team. Although he denied the speculation, “Bon Jovi-free” zones popped up throughout the area until a third bidder stepped in and took the team.
As GQ reported, the Bon Jovi smear campaign was supposedly orchestrated by political strategist Michael Caputo, who Trump allegedly hired. “Trump knew he couldn’t outbid the Canadians,” Caputo told the outlet. He alleged of the efforts to push the singer out, “I had it all set up with neighborhood guys who lived by the stadium.”
Bon Jovi told The Guardian about that difficult time, “I was really shocked at the depths [Trump] went to. He wasn’t even qualified to buy the team, because you have to submit your tax returns, and he never filed the paperwork. Instead, he did this dark shadow assassination thing, hoping to buy the team at a bargain basement price.” He added, “But I just couldn’t understand how this misinformation was being put out there. It was seriously scarring.”