Ron Borges prankster says hoax was easy to pull off

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The top sports story in today’s Boston Herald is a Ron Borges column that was based on a lie. The person who told Borges the lie says Borges was easy to fool.

WEEI caller “Nick in Boston” said on the air this morning that he saw Borges’ phone number on Twitter and texted him with a message claiming to be Don Yee, the agent for both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. Borges followed that up with a phone call and never doubted that he was talking to Yee rather than a prankster.

“Somebody tweeted Ron Borges’ phone number and I just picked it up and for some reason I just thought, ‘Hey, I’ll text him and say I’m Don Yee.’ And he just went with it for some reason,” Nick in Boston said. “Here’s the funny part. Well, it’s all funny but here’s the funnier part: He tried to call me three times and I just didn’t answer. But then I was just like, whatever, screw it, I’ll just call him and he’s gonna know it’s not Don Yee. But I called him and I was just like, ‘Hey, Ronnie, it’s Don.'”

Nick in Boston indicated that he just wanted to screw around and was surprised at how easy it was to get a hoax story into the newspaper. Nick is probably not as surprised as Borges and his editors are.

85 responses to “Ron Borges prankster says hoax was easy to pull off

  1. The Herald… Same paper that incorrectly reported that the Patriots taped the Rams’ practices at the Super Bowl then had to issue a front-page apology. That fake story has done massive damage to the Patriots reputation, as so many forget that it was 100% false and they continue to quote it as the truth!

    Borges is scum and the Herald is a rag

  2. I am sure Borges didn’t care if the story was true or not. Him and his fellow “reporter” Tomase of the fake Rams walkthrough before the Super Bowl in 08, do not care about accurate reporting. They both hate the Patriots, and both have also been caught plagiarizing. It’s amazing they still have jobs, and it’s not with the 4 letter network. Seems like a match made in heaven.

  3. This is why everyone needs to take media reports, especially from uncollaborated sources, with a huge grain of salt. Just how easy is it to get people’s whims presented as fact?

    Look at the deal with McDaniels’ agent the other day. Florio even points out in his article that the agent was aggressively putting his narrative out to the media and there were people citing those same reports as to why he did no wrong in the comments.

    How many people go on with false “facts” without question, reading retractions, ect? The answer is waaay too many.

  4. “Somebody tweeted Ron Borges’ phone number and I just picked it up and for some reason I just thought, ‘Hey, I’ll text him and say I’m Don Yee.’ And he just went with it for some reason,” Nick in Boston said. “Here’s the funny part. Well, it’s all funny but here’s the funnier part: He tried to call me three times and I just didn’t answer. But then I was just like, whatever, screw it, I’ll just call him and he’s gonna know it’s not Don Yee. But I called him and I was just like, ‘Hey, Ronnie, it’s Don.’”

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    Can’t make it up. I’ll be completely stupefied if Borges is able to maintain employment after this.

  5. The local pro sports coverage of the Boston newspapers has always been a joke. Shaughnessy, Tomase, and Borges are hacks. Would rather write a story with a negative spun just to look objective. And don’t get me started with John Henry using the Globe to turn fan sentiment against players and managers he wants out.

  6. So many have been trying to take down Borges for decades. He plagiarized and was fired from the Boston Globe, but resurfaced at the Herald. It took Nick from Boston to absolutely to kill him off.

  7. borges is just one of the boston “journalists” who has been trying to run belichick out of town for 18 years. this poser has the nerve to “grade” belichick’s coaching weekly and annually rips every trade and draft pick. this latest episode demonstrates the level of credibility in the sports media, only they usually get away with it.

  8. As a non-Boston person what blows me away is the lack of regard some of their media have for Brady. The guy has REPEATEDLY taken less than market value and redone his deal to be more team friendly but they’ll believe he’s throwing all that out the window based on a single message? Then again, it also blew me away to see some Pats fans saying they’d fire BB over the Butler benching. Boston seems to be an oddly disloyal place.

  9. Borges is a cretin, there’s no doubt about that. Back in the day he wrote a boxing column in Sunday’s Globe (this was prior to Will McDonough’s passing) and it was clear that the only things he knew about the sport was that Marvin Hagler and Robbie Sims were somehow related and that Ali was a champ at one time. But more blame needs to be attached to the Herald which has a long and storied history of getting stuff wrong. I’d say that the Herald’s sole useful role is to be canary carpeting but I think that even animals with a brain the size of a bb would have standards about where they “go”.

  10. Comparing this to Tomase is off base. Tomase was misled by a source. It’s unfortunate, but that happens sometimes. Borges didn’t even know who he was talking to. That’s way, way worse. For a guy who has already been caught plagiarizing, this may be enough to fire him on.

  11. So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.

  12. grogansheroes says:
    February 9, 2018 at 9:55 am
    I am sure Borges didn’t care if the story was true or not. Him and his fellow “reporter” Tomase of the fake Rams walkthrough before the Super Bowl in 08, do not care about accurate reporting. They both hate the Patriots, and both have also been caught plagiarizing. It’s amazing they still have jobs, and it’s not with the 4 letter network. Seems like a match made in heaven.

    ts1960 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 9:58 am
    Ron Borges knows “click bait” when he sees it. Its all about sensationalism.

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    The second post is the right answer to the first. Apologizing later is easy. And as noted by others the false story will even after being retracted and apologized for still have legs because of those that prefer what it said over the truth. This is about getting advertising dollars and Patriots dirt, whether true or false does sell well.

    They will keep their jobs because regardless of where their reputations stand they still produced advertising dollars.

    Caveat – its posdible the Herald will do a sacrificial lamb thing, but trust they will not return any extra advertising dollars. And will get more in the future.

  13. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

    If Ron Borges still has a job as of COB today, I’ll be shocked. Well, not really. Given the state of journalism today, it wouldn’t actually be that surprising.

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    He’ll probably get a promotion

  14. This is nothing new

    The Herald admits it got the “Spygate! Patriots film Rams Walkthrough!” story completely wrong and had to issue a retraction.

    It never happened. Period. (Well, George Halas and Lamar Hunt did plenty of spying in their day, but I digress – no one cares when teams they aren’t jealous of cheat.)

    Of course there are those who are too illiterate to know what “retraction” means so that fabricated story is still repeated NFL players and jealous fans as a FACT even today.

  15. Hey, all publicity is good publicity, right?

    Before this I had no idea who Ron Borges was. Good for him!

    And as for the prankster: WINNING!! Anyone who messes with the press is good in my book.

  16. redlikethepig says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:20 am
    So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.
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    Because it’s up to the stupid reporter and the stupid editors to make sure the story is real. That’s why. There’s this thing called accountability in life. It’s an old-school thing.

  17. I think the issue is the drive for clicks means you gotta scoop everyone else. If you’re the 3rd person to report something, no one gives a crap. There’s no time to verify stuff because everything needs to be posted NOW NOW NOW. Its not like it used to be where you only had 2 newspaper printing editions and you had a few hours to verify things before they went out. Now its type, click, done.

  18. redlikethepig says:

    February 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.

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    For Borges or the fake Don Yee? Borges could get a defamation suit but probably wouldn’t be worth it because the Herald will be scrambling to get their credibility back and do much of the back track work anyway. For the fake Don Yee, its not his job to edit/verify and publish the story. The most important part (theoretically) of being a journalist is being credible. And the prankster actually provided an excellent lesson in quality control for the paper. Police departments do stings on liquor stores and cigarette vendors all the time using misrepresentation to ensure the age laws are being followed. Because of Borges stature, this story will be referenced in journalism courses for years to come as a warning to verify your sources.

  19. Lolllllllll at the delusional Patriots fan trying to pretend the team they like and are not on doesn’t cheat.
    Must have really stung when the refs didn’t rig the Superbowl for the Patriots like they did vs Pittsburgh and Jacksonville

  20. Boston seems to be an oddly disloyal place.
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    As a Pats fan that lives in the Midwest I completely agree. I’d suggest the northeast in general. There are some great people but many seem to only truly enjoy freaking out about some type of gossip or scandal. Some type of lack of respect. Stuff that have absolutely nothing to do with winning or losing games. So there has to be both conflict and success for happiness.

    It seems weird from afar.

  21. mogogo1 says:

    February 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Boston seems to be an oddly disloyal place.

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    Day-to-day, yes it really can be, especially among certain columnists like Borges here or Shaughnessy. But at the end of careers Boston really does appreciate their sports figures. Ted Williams had a terrible relationship with the media, Jim Rice as well but they were/are beloved. And the Globe tried to smear Francona as he left Boston, but he is always voraciously cheered when the Indians play at Fenway. But fans can get caught up in “what have you done for me lately?” mentality, but over time they do show appreciation

  22. Hence why I never believe anything I read or hear unless it comes out of persons mouth, even after that Im very skeptical. Because of this very reason I haven’t watched ESPN in 7 years……they need me more then I need ESPN….

  23. The key here is that within the story, Borges uses the term “sources”, as in multiple corroborating sources. It seems pretty clear that he couldn’t have multiple sources because the story was a complete fabrication. So Borges ran with a single source, but claimed to have multiple sources. That’s in journalism 101 – if you don’t have corroborating sources, you don’t have a story yet.

  24. Overall, our national broadcast and print media are at their all-time lows in terms of having any shred of credibility left.

  25. redlikethepig says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.
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    Sincerely,
    Ron Borges

  26. redlikethepig says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.

    Why do you buy in so easily? The prankster cashed in on the phony story that Brady is jealous of Jimmy G. WEEI Kirk and Callahan bragged how they make more money because they work the fringes of stories. They stir the pot.

  27. There is no way he should be able to survive.

    Dear Bob Kraft,

    By suing the Herald in 2008, like you almost did, the fact you didn’t, was a serious mistake.

    No way the Deflategate framejob would have gone down, because of the fear by ESPN in terms of colluding with Goodell to do it, and the finanical repercussions. that would have followed once ESPN and Mortensen (if he knew), got caught.

    So, step up, Bob and make the call. Tomase needs to go, too. We know. We know.

    This is absolutely preposterous that the media has such an effect on public perception, when they are knowinglily lying all the time.

    It’s illegal to know you are lying, defame and slander and to profit. ILLEGAL.

  28. rjc32586 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:19 am
    Comparing this to Tomase is off base. Tomase was misled by a source. It’s unfortunate, but that happens sometimes. Borges didn’t even know who he was talking to. That’s way, way worse. For a guy who has already been caught plagiarizing, this may be enough to fire him on.

    29 5 Rate This

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    This is false and it’s been proven 10 years later by Tomase’s subsewuent behaviors since.

    1. Kraft should have demanded his source, broadcast it to the world, and then threatened to sue the source.

    2. We have lost 3 SBs to NFL/media led cheating. We had a massive distraction during SB 42, and 2 draft picks were stolen, which could have helped in SB 46 and this past Sunday. That is 100% instituitonaled cheating and illegal. And, that’s on top of the Clement TD that so cleary was not a TD.

    3. Kraft must act and also demand Tomase is fired for his continued antics and for allowing him to troll,lie, and be paid for it for a decade.

    Lastly, Tomase and all of these other vile scumbags who think their day isn’t coming, need to know their day is coming. Not corroborating a source or a story, is Journalism 101. Tomase knew what he was doing, as likely did Mortensen.

    Not buying their excuses.

    Fire them NOW or Krft must sue.

  29. Maybe it’s just me but this whole fiasco with Borges, a writer with many faults past and present it seems and I understand the glee with which his detractors are taking this all in with, but what does this also say about that guy Nick who apparently woke up with a desire to take someone down that he doesn’t even know but only through newspaper articles?

  30. redlikethepig says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.
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    Who was harmed? The reporter that didn’t bother to try and verify a story that is so dumb, that it is not even believable?

  31. Kraft (or Brady) should sue Borges for everything he is worth and make him spend everything he has just to defend himself. In fact, they should sue the Herald as well and finally put that useless rag out of business

  32. tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 11:36 am

    2. We have lost 3 SBs to NFL/media led cheating. We had a massive distraction during SB 42, and 2 draft picks were stolen, which could have helped in SB 46 and this past Sunday. That is 100% instituitonaled cheating and illegal. And, that’s on top of the Clement TD that so cleary was not a TD.

    Not buying their excuses.

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    Not buying THEIR excuses?!! I’m a Pats fan all in and yet still I am cringing ar yours.

  33. firedog784 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Maybe it’s just me but this whole fiasco with Borges, a writer with many faults past and present it seems and I understand the glee with which his detractors are taking this all in with, but what does this also say about that guy Nick who apparently woke up with a desire to take someone down that he doesn’t even know but only through newspaper articles?

    That’s called poetic justice. Do you think Borges or Tomase paused for one second to consider the damage they did or could have done? Being a “journalist” used to come with a responsibility to the trade and those upon whom foist your stories. It cease to amaze that so many will accept lies as truth and refuse to believe truth when presented.

  34. redlikethepig says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:20 am
    So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.

    27 51 Rate This

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    correct. borges is a proven criminal
    and should be under arrest with his intent to slander brady again

    goodell, mortensen, tomase, etc should all go to jail arm in arm.

  35. Andy Scarano says:
    February 9, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Remember when reporters needed more then 1 source, and actually had to vet the ones they did have?

    6 0 Rate This

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    yes, but millennials have no idea what you are talking about there

  36. Here’s the thing. The media are no longer there to inform but to entertain the masses and upstage the competition.

    Borges didn’t give a rodent’s furry behind about anything, except about getting a scoop so the Herald could sell more copies and get more clicks than the Globe and, as a direct result, so he could look good in front of his bosses.

    So there… Borges got played and manipulated by someone who was much smarter than he was. Well done, Nick from Boston. With any luck, Borges will never be able to write anywhere, not even a high school paper.

  37. redlikethepig says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    So why isn’t something like this a minor criminal offense? It causes harm and expense, and is obviously done with intent.
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    Yes- this is EXACTLY what I want law enforcement spending time and taxpayer money on.

  38. Not a surprise it was that easy to pull off given the state of the media these days.

    Maybe this Borges guy will get fired and can go write about the current president as writing made up crap from “unnamed sources” is the status quo for white house reporting now.

  39. Caller got his “15 minutes” & a newspaper guy, who lacked due diligence, may (albeit temporarily) lose his livelihood, because of a prank.

    I hope that this will motivate reporters to get back to news gathering basics and get away from “i got it first-ism”…somehow I doubt it though

  40. Couldn’t have happened to better, ridiculous rag! The BH is a joke and now they’ve gone out of their way to prove it. Nick from Boston is my new spirit animal!

  41. The amazing thing here is that this “Nick in Boston” guy calls Borges and he STILL doesn’t realize it’s not actually Brady’s agent Don Yee.

    “Hello, Ron Borges speaking…”

    “Ya, what’s up bro? It’s ahhhh, Donny Yee callin’. Sorry I couldn’t call you back earliah. I was busy drivin’ up 95 Naawth and there was a wicked accident. Anyways, i just wanted to ahhh, ya know, confirm that info I texted you about Tommy earliah. He said he ain’t goin’ to OTA’s without a bump, brotha.”

  42. That false headline abiut the taped Rams walkthrough had to weigh on the players and coaches minds heading into the SB with the Giants.

    18-0 before headline (including win over Giants in Week 17 in New York)

    0-1 after headline and with investigation pending

    Criminal

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