The Boston Herald likely will be retracting a Patriots story, again

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Ten years after the Boston Herald had to backpedal regarding a major story that made the Patriots look very, very bad, the Herald possibly will be doing it again.

The report from Ron Borges of the Herald regarding the supposed intent of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to skip OTAs “unless he receives a contract extension that carries with it up-front money similar to what his former protege, Jimmy Garoppolo, will receive from the San Francisco 49ers” was apparently the result of someone pranking Borges.

According to WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan, a show listener known as “Nick in Boston” claims that he texted Borges, pretending to be Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee.

“Hello Ron, this is Don Yee,” the text chain begins. And Borges apparently trusted that it was Yee. Says the Fake Don Yee, eventually: “Brady is prepared to sit out all offseason team activity unless he gets a new deal with up front money similar to what Jimmy got.”

Responds Borges: “Sounds like I need to write a column today.”

Other texts from supposedly Fake Don Yee made their way into the Borges column, including the notion that “12 was not going to return unless McDaniels was named the head coach in waiting.”

Borges seemed to be looking for more details before running with the information, but Fake Don Yee quickly signed off for the evening. It’s unclear what, if anything, Borges did to confirm or debunk the information he had received by text from Fake Don Yee; ultimately, Borges wrote an article pushing the key concepts that Fake Don Yee had fed to Borges.

Just as this isn’t the first Patriots problem for the Herald, it’s not the first professional problem for Borges. In 2007, he left the Boston Globe “following a two-month, unpaid suspension for plagiarizing another reporter’s column.” The violation at the time came from Borges’ longstanding habit of crafting a Sunday notes column with a general disclaimer that said “material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.”

It was, in essence, a self-issued license to plagiarize. Indeed, at one point, I’d noticed in a single Sunday column from Borges multiple items that had appeared initially, and as far as I could tell exclusively, on PFT. I emailed him about my concerns, and it didn’t go well.

It’s about to not go well for Borges. (We’ve contacted the Herald for comment.) Plagiarism generally is the kiss of death for anyone who writes for a living. Blindly trusting a phony source without any apparent effort to confirm the identity of the source or the accuracy of the information is a close second.

57 responses to “The Boston Herald likely will be retracting a Patriots story, again

  1. Everyone in Patriot nation was skeptical last night when the story dropped. It just didn’t sound like Brady and the way he operates.

  2. Ron Borges is a blow hard. He also looks like the love child of Jack Elam and Anne Ramsey from Throw Mama From the Train.

  3. LOL.

    Does not matter, ten years after the Herald libel to which you refer people in the media, and trolls on message portals, are still posting that libel as though it were true, just as they will talk about this b.s. as though it were true.

  4. As soon as I saw in the original article and saw that the author was Ron Borges, I knew it was fake.

    Ron is actually a good football writer and analyst (though his contrarian shtick has gotten old. I wish he dropped it).
    Everyone in and around the Patriots hates him, so there is no way he could get a scoop like this unless he managed to put a bug into Brady’s avocado ice cream.

    I guess in addition to being a contrarian, he is also very gullible.

  5. IF this Nick is telling the truth (he could easily be trolling here) then Borges should be fired. Then again, there are a lot of media types like him that write on things more important than sports, who write things with flaky sources. The state of media today is disgraceful, from sports journalism to politics. The news media is one of the least trusted groups in our society today. For good reason

  6. This example, in a nutshell, is why there is such a distrust of media (rightfully so, I may add).
    The rush to publish or post a hot tip or a lead, without as so much as confirming the veracity of a source or the lead just leads itself to inaccuracies. But, hey, we’re out in front of the story! Doesn’t matter if we’re completly wrong or biased, we broke it first.
    This is the textbook definition of #fakenews.

  7. Saying he is Gullible is an insult to gullible people.
    I wish fake don yee said brady demanded the pats change thier logo to resemble donald Trump or santa claus..which would have been more believable..

  8. Borges has always “pushed” the edge of the envelope with his”work”. He’s truly a hack who has made his living, at least partly, on the hard work of others. Shame on him and the Herald by association.

  9. So…about that storyline that Pats fans are paranoid to feel their team is being attacked. The national media is one thing, but this story highlights the desire by even the local ‘hometown’ media to bring down the Patriots.

    If story was something negative about Ty Law or Drew Bledsoe, favorites of Ron Borges, he would have triple-quadruple checked his sources before running with it — But Brady? He’s only too ready and eager to take the word of some random number that texted him out of the blue.

  10. Wow. How on earth does this guy still maintain a job? Tomase, too? Caught lying, plagiarism, unprofessional, etc.

    All fireable offenses, but these people still survive to troll and get paid for it.

  11. I love it. Whether it’s true or not, Pats fanboys always say “there is no such thing as a distraction under the regime of BB” or “this team is so fundamentally sound, they never commit penalties”. Between the colossal loss to the Eagles, the Butler fiasco, the robbery of Gronk’s man-cave -the storylines out of Boston have just been oozing since Sunday.

  12. More fake news from this fraud. Is there a more despicable profession on the planet now adays than a Quote-Unquote journalist? Not a chance. Borges is an old timer too. He has not only written some blatant lies about the Patriots over the years, he was also caught Plagiarizing which led to his dismissal from the globe. Another low life just like the guys he works with. By the way, I believe Ron came to Boston via Philly. All of these out of town haters should go home if it’s that bad.

  13. tim2200 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 8:04 am
    Everyone in Patriot nation was skeptical last night when the story dropped. It just didn’t sound like Brady and the way he operates.

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    Its definately not how Don Yee operates. He has a very good working relationship with the team and the Krafts that has proven lucrative to him as well. He would not jeopardize that by pulling a bush league trick like planting nuggets in the press to strongarm them.

  14. Nick in Boston might be onto something. Perhaps on a given day, every ‘journalist’ in the country should be contacted and fed false reports to call the rotten ones out. What a news day that would be!

    Of course, who am I kidding, how would that really be different from any other news day?

  15. “In 2007, he left the Boston Globe “following a two-month, unpaid suspension for plagiarizing another reporter’s column.””

    “Plagiarism generally is the kiss of death for anyone who writes for a living.”

    11 years is a very long kiss!

  16. @idislikespeciousness says:
    February 9, 2018 at 8:07 am
    Ron Borges is a blow hard. He also looks like the love child of Jack Elam and Anne Ramsey from Throw Mama From the Train.
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    OWEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Brady has given up lots of money over the years to accommodate paying the players needed to get to where they are. How many times has he re-structured his contract to do so? Borges should have known that before he allowed himself to be punked.

  18. cobrala2 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 9:13 am
    Multiple sources in Boston have confirmed the Patriots best wasn’t enough to win the Super Bowl.

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    Nope. They were second best. Which makes it hilarious that all the 30 other fan bases whos team could not even do that, most not even making the playoffs, would say anything. They are a sad lot that the Patriots doing anything other than winning it all means more to them than what their own team does or does not do. But then again, maybe their own team is not worthy of attention while the Patriots are more worthy of attention than any other team in the league. Its kind of unfair to the Eagles that people are paying more attention to the Patriots losing than the terriffic accomplishment they had this year.

    Congrats Eagles, sorry that is not getting said enough.

  19. Borges represents the worst of journalism, not the best, not even the typical.

    To lump all journalist in with Borges and declare all journalism ” fake news” is a disservice to America and ourselves.

    If news smells fishy, verify, hold your judgement until you can find other sources to corroborate, don’t just make assumptions that all news is equally fake.

  20. JayShockblast says:
    February 9, 2018 at 8:06 am
    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger moron. Thank you Nick in Boston for destroying any chance of this buffoon being taken seriously again.

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    What made that work was not Borges’s deficiencies but rather how much haters will lap up Patriots dirt. Its they that make Patriots dirt into sheer gold for those trying to earn ratings and dollars. It even keeps making money after being debunked, apologized for, and withdrawn.

  21. babygaga19 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:21 am
    Typical New England style cheating and lying.

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    That you actually believe that is testament to how these false stories linger long after being disproved.

  22. Not sure I see the problem, dude thought he was talking to Brady’s agent so he reported what was discussed, the only person who would be able to collaborate the story is Brady, so him not finding another source would be impossible…sounds like Pat fans who hate Borges are overreacting because he only writes negative articles about the Pats…funny how those clowns on EEI are involved again, pretty sure they are happy to be off the front page after dissing Brady…..

  23. Sure NE lost a 1 score game in the final minutes but the entertainment value of reading troll posts from those who, like Borges, jumped at the opportunity to cast shade on anything NE before confirming the source is priceless now that we know the whole story.

  24. jvw1982 says:

    February 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Not sure I see the problem, dude thought he was talking to Brady’s agent so he reported what was discussed, the only person who would be able to collaborate the story is Brady, so him not finding another source would be impossible…sounds like Pat fans who hate Borges are overreacting because he only writes negative articles about the Pats…funny how those clowns on EEI are involved again, pretty sure they are happy to be off the front page after dissing Brady…..

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    It’s a huge problem to not verify your sources as a journalist. Its not that hard to do a little verification on Brady’s agent, especially when the writer in question is as well known as Borges. And Borges has a long history of not liking the Patriots and even has been in trouble for plagiarizing parts of articles. The whole text exchange didn’t add up as Brady has no previous track record of publically discussing his contract. Borges just like what he heard, let his guard down and was impatient to take a shot at Brady.

  25. True or not, Ross Tucker made a great point about Brady keeping it team-friendly with the contract in the interest of fielding the best team the salary cap will allow. Only to watch Malcom Butler on the sideline during the Super Bowl as the defense got torched.

    Were I Brady, that would upset me greatly.

  26. whywerule says:
    February 9, 2018 at 8:07 am
    LOL.

    Does not matter, ten years after the Herald libel to which you refer people in the media, and trolls on message portals, are still posting that libel as though it were true, just as they will talk about this b.s. as though it were true.

    Exactly right. And the lying, unprofessional “writer” who wrote that phony article 10 years ago for which he and the paper had to apologize is still on the radio sports shows in Boston. How anyone can listen to his whiny self righteous drivel is a mystery.

  27. saaweb says:
    February 9, 2018 at 8:23 am
    Should be fired and forced to work the Cleveland sports teams beats as punishment.
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    While you obviously had the Browns in mind when writing that, don’t forget that Cleveland has the Indians, the Cavs, the Monsters, & the Gladiators who have all won Championships in the past few years with the exception of the Tribe. Still plenty of quality sports in Cleveland. When I was growing up, it was the Patriots beat writer who had the worst job in sports.

  28. I’d be mad at Borges too if I was Florio. He’s worked hard to create a very successful fan forum on PFT. Apparently Borges has learned nothing. I don’t think he “hates the Pats”. He’s a very lazy journalist who HAS TO BE FIRST. This story was juicy and he just couldn’t help himself to make a name for himself. Well, hopefully this was the last straw to destroy his career.

  29. Borges is a New England Patriot hater who tries to fuel controversy. Simple solution is that he should be fired for his repeated troublemaking and blackballed by all media outlets. He should face the consequences of his actions. Furthermore he can become an example for any other reporter who decides to smear the Patriots organization without facts. Find a new career Mr Borges because sports journalism is over for you.

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