Boston Herald suspends Ron Borges’ column, apologizes for “erroneous report”

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The Boston Herald has now acknowledged that its lead sports story today, a column by Ron Borges saying Tom Brady was ready to hold out for more money, was based on a hoax.

Borges reported that unnamed sources had told him that Brady was planning to hold out if he didn’t get a contract like the one the 49ers gave Brady’s former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo. But this morning, a caller on sports radio station WEEI revealed that he had pranked Borges by texting him claiming to be Don Yee, the agent for both Brady and Garoppolo.

Now the Herald has acknowledged that Borges got catfished.

“A column by Ron Borges in today’s Herald regarding Patriot Tom Brady’s salary discussions was based on information which proved to be false,” the paper said in a statement. “The Herald apologizes to Brady, his agent Don Yee and the Patriots, and to our readers for this erroneous report. Borges’ column has been suspended pending further review.”

Borges was previously suspended by his prior employer, the Boston Globe, for plagiarism. It won’t be surprising if today’s suspension is the end of Borges’ newspaper career.

79 responses to “Boston Herald suspends Ron Borges’ column, apologizes for “erroneous report”

  1. One thing is sure: If someone had pranked Borges with any kind of positive news about Brady or the Patriots, he wouldn’t have written an article about it.

    But I’d be shocked if Borges was fired. Heck, Tomase still has a job.

  2. Okay. Got it.
    It was, “Ron Borges…with the “sources”…in the Boston Herald”

    Just like:
    “the Deflator…with the needle…in the stadium bathroom”

  3. “Unnamed sources”? It was one guy that got his text number, sent him texts then called him and said he was Yee. It was a WEEI caller, Nick in Boston.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    Kraft needs to act once and for all.
    __________________
    Just like he acted by admitting cheating by paying the fine and accepted the loss of draft picks?

  5. bubbybrister/shovelpass says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:17 pm
    Okay. Got it.
    It was, “Ron Borges…with the “sources”…in the Boston Herald”

    Just like:
    “the Deflator…with the needle…in the stadium bathroom”

    3 5 Rate This

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    Do you believe in the tooth fairy too? I suppose Doritos aren’t a food and McNally is skinny, too.

    What morons.

    I weep for this country’s future.

  6. Next thing is to get him out of the AP awards and Pro Football HOF processes. If you asked him he would still choose Bledsoe over Brady today. His opinions are jaded and dated and he doesn’t belong on those committees.

    I guess the old guard media in Boston, never really appreciated winning. They rather it go back to when the Patriots were terrible and the media were the super stars. Geniuses that could predict Patriots losses year after year and then say “I told you so”. They were the center of attention in Boston.

    Not any more and they never will be again. The Boston media can still hold the team accountable and not be homers without being anti-Patriots. See Mike Reiss, Tom Curran, Jeff Howe, etc.

    The other guys have to go.

  7. crush22 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    Kraft needs to act once and for all.
    __________________
    Just like he acted by admitting cheating by paying the fine and accepted the loss of draft picks?

    ————

    The court of public opinion’s favorite activity is to put people in no win situations. The alternative was for Kraft to lose the team by suing the league which is specifically prevented by the owner’s contract. Of course if he did that everyone would be saying “just admit you did it liar!!”.

    For the record, the Patriots never admitted any wrong doing. Quite the opposite. However, they were still required to pay the fine and lose the draft pick by the NFL. It wasn’t optional.

  8. The Patriots have to be the most lied about organization in sports history. The NFL commissioner even gets in on the lying.

    As Boston native and Philly resident Ben Franklin once quipped- “If you can’t beat them, lie about them.”

  9. terripet says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    Ron speaks the truth about the patriots n they don’t like it.

    ———–

    This is a particularly bad time to make that point since he got caught peddling a false story with no fact checking.

    Ron spoke proven lies about the patriots, and yeah, I am sure they don’t like it.

  10. “It won’t be surprising if today’s suspension is the end of Borges’ newspaper career.”

    As it should be. Lying, discredited plagiarizing hack.

  11. .
    The whole story was senseless from the start. Kraft, Brady and Yee do not have a adversarial relationship. There was never any reason to be issuing public ultimatums.
    .

  12. Have people even read the bogus Wells Report that Goodell used as the basis for suspending Brady? That is the very definition of fake news and lies.

  13. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm
    Oh I’m sure there’ll be a job waiting for him at the Onion.

    ———–

    The Onion may not print facts, but they still check them, so I don’t think Borges could manage!

  14. Ronnie is a hopeless fraud, who turned a misunderstanding with BB in 2001 into a major event, since then he has been trying to undermine the NEP.. in his zealousness to get back at BB he has done a massive face plant for the whole world to see.

    An arrogant prick who gets what he deserves…

  15. What about plagiarizing your own work and regurgitating exact paragraphs in two future stories? What happens to that person?

  16. As Boston native and Philly resident Ben Franklin once quipped- “If you can’t beat them, lie about them

    He also is reported to have said its better to remain silent and appear the fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt….advice you need to follow.

  17. Wow, it didn’t take long to turn the corner from the SB loss, between McDaniels and Borges…

    Keep it up, as we haven’t had too much time to think about the loss with all of the news out of Foxboro!

  18. Meh, If he had said “source” he might have been able to save his own hide. Borges compounded his mistake by saying “sources”. It may sound like a subtle difference but lying about the amount of sources falsely indicates the story was properly vetted. It simply ruins his integrity once and for all.

  19. Nathan says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hmmm……..
    Maybe Borges was Wicker-shams “sources” too!
    ______________________________________

    ‘Nick in Boston’ admitted it was much twice as hard to catfish Wickersham. He had to pretend he was Guerrero AND Kraft’s secretary.

  20. being a reporter myself, I cannot condone what Borges did. To be honest, if you’re not a fiction writer, all writers should stop with the fantasy stuff once you complete your last creative writing course in high school/college. This behavior is unacceptable from any of us in the media.

  21. Career journalists hate reporters like him. It’s like the corrupt cop who makes all the other police officers look bad… gives the whole industry a bad name.

  22. terripet says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    Ron speaks the truth about the patriots n they don’t like it

    —-
    I now believe you try to be as wrong as humanly possible on purpose. No one could be this bad in real life.

  23. What’s really amazing is that I, random internet schlub with nothing but a standard issue BS detector, immediately knew that report was a lie within 2 sentences. It is utterly out of character with Brady’s entire career and approach to life. Yet allegedly trained professionals falls for this all the time — and less charitably, make it up themselves. You know who you are, BSPN.

  24. Only suckers believe the MSMedia in sports and politics when they use “unnamed sources.”

    Always assume the story is designed to manipulate you and push an agenda.

  25. If you graduate with a degree in journalism its assumed that 1) you’ve been taught to confirm your story with multiple sources 2) name your sources as often as possible 3)only use “unnamed sources if its has been personally confirmed by 3 known sources who request to remain anonymous

    Even evening classes at any community college will stress these rules. But NOT the Herald!
    I want my news factual and accurate even if it comes a day latter. The only thing to do here is boycott the paper until Borges gets his walking papers and a commitment to stop with the unnamed sources

  26. John Tomase V.2

    What a disgusting profession “journalism” has become. Its right up there with Professional Toilet Cleaners and WEEI radio talk show hosts

  27. crush22 says:

    February 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    Kraft needs to act once and for all.
    __________________
    Just like he acted by admitting cheating by paying the fine and accepted the loss of draft picks?

    ================================

    Can’t sue the NFL, Jerry Jones backed down to. Doesn’t mean an admission, no matter how much you want it.

  28. Mark my word, though, some haters will later insist that this is true, just like they insist that the story of taping a Ram walk-through practice (WHICH NEVER HAPPENED) is true.

    Haters believe the worst, facts be damned.

  29. Unfortunately Suspension pending review isn’t good enough but that’s the Newspaper business now adays. I haven’t read a herald or Globe article in over a decade and never will again as long as I live. The thing that bothers me most is that a lot of people still do read these rags or watch their favorite TV stations and treat the stories as though they are true, unbiased Journalism. A little bit at a time we’re waking up to realize these outlets are no better than the Soviet Pravda that we all used to ridicule back in the 1970s. Stories like this will continue to push more and more people away so I guess I should actually thank Borges today. February 9th will forever be “Ron Borges Day” for me. The week before Ash Wednesday and Fat Tuesday we Have Borges Friday.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    As Boston native and Philly resident Ben Franklin once quipped- “If you can’t beat them, lie about them

    He also is reported to have said its better to remain silent and appear the fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt….advice you need to follow.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Ironic that you decided not to follow the same advice

  31. Brady wasn’t suspended for cursing at that camera man. This doesn’t seem fair. Brady is rich and famous and this dude works a real job, seems about right.

  32. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    As Boston native and Philly resident Ben Franklin once quipped- “If you can’t beat them, lie about them

    He also is reported to have said its better to remain silent and appear the fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt….advice you need to follow.
    ————————————————————-
    As usual….drooling stupidity.

    I believe that was Mark Twain, not Ben Franklin, genius!

    Good for you, for sounding out those big words, though!

  33. Cover story. Nothing coming out of the NE organization or Boston newspapers can be trusted. They’re homers too. They don’t do judicial investigations when it comes to NE. They’re like the local town newspapers in Alabama, who don’t dare print anything that would eliminate their access to the team. We’ve seen this before. Nothing new here. 41-33

  34. skawh says:
    February 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Cover story. Nothing coming out of the NE organization or Boston newspapers can be trusted. They’re homers too. They don’t do judicial investigations when it comes to NE. They’re like the local town newspapers in Alabama, who don’t dare print anything that would eliminate their access to the team.
    —————————————————————————————————————
    Did you read there article above? I guess not, since you are not only wrong, you have it exactly the opposite of the truth. The NE media, and Borges in particular, has been a vocal Patriot critic for 20 years now which is why he has to rely on a bogus text like this for information, and then immediately runs with an article that makes Brady and NE look bad.

    By the way, nice season in Seattle. I personally don’t think that missing the playoffs qualifies as a continuation of the 1 year Seahawk dynasty, but my guess is that you think it does.

  35. Everyone should have stopped reading Borges’ article the moment he mentioned that he had a “source”. Everyone knows in Boston that Borges hasn’t had a “source” within the Pats organization since 2001. Teripet and Chippy have better sources in Boston than Borges does. 😉

  36. The lying about Brady was Borges’ crime …. he also passed the fake Don Yee off as “sources” close to Brady, as in more than one, when in reality he only had one.

    Borges is a hack,and this only confirms that.

    His reputation is now total trash

  37. “They don’t do judicial investigations when it comes to NE. They’re like the local town newspapers in Alabama, who don’t dare print anything that would eliminate their access to the team.”

    Says someone from Seattle who has never once read or listened to anything from the Boston homer press.

    You should try listening to Felger and Mazz on 98.5 the sports hub some afternoon from 2-6pm they stream online. They’ve been ripping Belichick since the Super Bowl as they have him and the team many times over the years. As have a lot of the other homer press. In fact its far more common the Boston media beats up on the teams no matter how well they’re doing than praise them.

    You hate the Pats, we all get it. But if you’re going to do so at least do so from an informed perspective rather than spouting absolute nonsense that has no basis in truth.

  38. What about the Editor for Ron Borges who approved his story to be put in print ? Shouldn’t the newspaper editor be held accountable for letting the story get past him to the newspaper? What about the Caller / Prankster, Ron Borges could find out who the person is and sue them in civil court.

  39. Love Ron borges – give the guy a break – great reporter for a lot of years around here – he should get a lawlyer and go after the kid who did that to him – definitely says something about the ugliness of talk radio that one of t
    Heir listeners would do that and call them to brag about it assuming they would find it hilarious and those weei pinheads probably did

  40. Ah, Borges. That guy’s got a face made for … what came before radio?

    Back to Alaska Borgie, those baby seals ain’t gonna club themselves.

  41. Dan Damon says:
    February 9, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    …..Shouldn’t the newspaper editor be held accountable for letting the story get past him to the newspaper? What about the Caller / Prankster, Ron Borges could find out who the person is and sue them in civil court.
    ————————————

    I agree that Borges’ editor dropped the ball, but what could Borges sue the prankster for? It is not the prankster’s fault that Borges did not perform the necessary steps to pass Journalism 101.

    Can anyone with a legal background on this site suggest something that Borges could sue for that would not be laughed out of court, if it even made it to court?

  42. infectorman says:
    February 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm
    John Tomase V.2

    What a disgusting profession “journalism” has become. Its right up there with Professional Toilet Cleaners and WEEI radio talk show hosts

    While I agree with your sentiment regarding journalism and local radio, you are being grossly unfair to people who do a job, for very little money I might add, that most if not all of us would hope never to have to perform. A little respect is in order.

  43. They need to start firing people. Slapping them on the wrist is just a badge of honor. Just ask the morning show at WEEI.

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