Boston Herald Apologizes For Fake Story About Tom Brady


After the story went up this morning, Kirk & Callahan at WEEI exposed Borges by tweeting out the text chain.

Longtime Boston reporter Ron Borges wrote an explosive story for the Herald that Brady planned to sit out OTAs unless he got a contract that was similar to former Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo's five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

The caller claimed he sent a text message to Borges claiming to be Brady and Garoppolo's agent, Don Yee, Nick in Boston said on the show that it was relatively easy to get this message over to Borges. "Here's the amusing part".

The Globe suspended Borges March 5 for lifting numerous passages from a February 25 article written by Mike Sando of The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. for one of his Sunday Globe "Football notes" columns. He wanted to talk to Don Yee, though, and the imposter said they actually had a brief phone conversation where he pretended to be Yee, and told him "run with it or don't".

A local reporter in Boston thought he had enough information to break one of the biggest stories of the National Football League offseason on Thursday night, but he has been left with his face completely covered in egg after he was duped by a prankster.

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It's worth noting that Borges cited "sources" as in multiple people claiming to have knowledge of Brady's rumored situation, rather than one random text from someone claiming to be the quarterback's agent.

WEEI did some victory laps over Borges being duped, and the Herald took the story down.

Obviously it's not cool that someone went out of their way to prank Borges like this.

The Herald deleted the story from its website this morning.