Donald Trump didn’t get to buy the Buffalo Bills. He was outbid by billionaire Terry Pegula, who also owns the Buffalo Sabres. But Trump knew what he was doing when he bid on the team, right? After all a successful businessman like Trump analyzes every piece of a deal before he makes an offer. It’s called due diligence and the bigger the deal, the more due diligence you do–to make sure nothing surprises you after you sign the papers. The Bills sold for well over $1 billion. That’s a large scale deal in anybody’s book. So Trump must have been pretty sure he wanted to own the Bills before he made his offer.
But yesterday, just weeks after his bid was rejected, Trump tweeted that “now actually, I’m glad I didn’t get the Bills. Boring games, too many flags, too soft!” Trump surely would have known about the NFL’s new plans to enforce some of the penalties it’s been letting go–part of any good due diligence. Is he really pleased that his bid failed? All the work Trump and his team did in determining NFL ownership was a good idea–it was all wrong? With his tweet, Trump in essence says his due diligence was a failure.
The @nfl games are so boring now that actually, I’m glad I didn’t get the Bills. Boring games, too many flags, too soft!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2014