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Boston Herald pulls 'fake' story about Tom Brady wanting more money

09 February 2018

Boston Herald sports columnist Ron Borges believed that he had an absolute bombshell revolving around New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady.

The Kirk & Callahan show uncovered that the Boston Herald's story "Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he'll skip OTAs" was a product of a hoax.

Borges's report was partly based on a text conversation he had with a person pretending to be Don Yee, Brady's agent.

Borges, citing unnamed "sources" close to Tom Brady, wrote Friday that Brady was ready to hold out of offseason work if the Patriots didn't give him a pay raise, comparable to the contract the 49ers just gave Brady's former backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

While Borges' story ran on Friday morning in the paper, it has since been removed from the Herald's website.

Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract with the 49ers on Thursday. "Here's the amusing part".

As NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk noted this morning, the Boston Herald has pulled the column after Boston-area radio station WEEI revealed that one of their listeners was the one who texted Borges. "But I called him and I was just like, 'Hey, Ronnie, it's Don'".

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. While Borges didn't credit Sando, a disclaimer at the end of his column said, "Material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report'".

Boston Herald pulls 'fake' story about Tom Brady wanting more money