What happens to Ron Borges after strike two?

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More than a decade ago, Ron Borges left the Boston Globe due to allegations of plagiarism. Eleven years later, he could be on the verge of leaving the Boston Herald for a different manifestation of laziness.

Borges allowed himself to be duped by someone pretending to be agent Don Yee. The guy who pretended to be Don Yee found Borges’ phone number on Twitter. Borges tweeted his phone number (possibly accidentally) a year or so ago.

(Pro tip for anyone in the media: If you accidentally put your phone number on Twitter, get a new phone number. If you don’t get a new phone number, be suspicious of any calls or texts from someone who doesn’t already have a spot in your contacts.)

The similarities between the fake texts Borges received and the article he wrote reveal a stunning lack of natural curiosity. Tom Brady supposedly will skip organized team activities if he doesn’t get a new contract. Why isn’t he simply threatening to retire? Brady wants “up-front money” similar to the contract signed by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco. What does that mean? Signing bonus? Full guarantee at signing? Something else?

People in the business rarely if ever use the term “up-front money.” Even though that may not have been a strong clue that something fishy was happening, it should have at least prompted Borges to ask, “What specifically do you mean by that?”

The fact that the Herald so quickly expunged the story suggests that Borges rushed it to publication with Fake Don Yee as the only source, and that Borges used the term “sources” to make it seem more credible. (Actually, plenty of people in sports media use “sources” when they actually have only one source, sources say.) If any of it were credible, the story would still be alive.

The next question is whether Borges’ career will be dead. The plagiarism situation from 2007 arguably should have been enough to kill it, especially since he had been using his “material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report” disclaimer as a license to use other people’s work without attribution for years. Will strike two (strike three, if you include the time he physically assaulted a boxing writer wearing a neck brace and a cane) be the end for Borges at the Herald?

Will this keep him from finding other work in sports media? Will it prompt the Pro Football Hall of Fame to strip Borges of his vote? Will it cause the Associated Press to take away his spot as one of the 50 voters on postseason awards?

Those are all decisions for others to make. The only decision that we can make is to never rely on anything Ron Borges writes or says, ever again. While his career may indeed continues, it’s officially dead to us. Anyone who relies on him in the future does so at their own risk.

54 responses to “What happens to Ron Borges after strike two?

  1. Most Boston sportswriters have never subscribed to the rah rah method of cheering on their sports teams, like they do in so many other cities. Boston sportswriters are very cynical and negative in covering Boston sports teams and always have been, especially the Patriots and Red Sox Borges has always had an ax to grind against the Patriots and broke a drug scandal against them the day after the Super Bowl loss to the Bears. Shaughnessy has always been ruthless in his negative coverage of the Red Sox, and it didn’t even change very much after they won the World Series. If you wonder why people in Boston are so negative and angry, look to the Boston sportswriters for your answer.

  2. When someone is telling you to believe stories you cannot verify themselves and you catch them lying you can never trust them again.
    This is why anyone who searches for a photograph of a “satellite” in “space” never believes the liars at NASA or any other space fantasy conmen ever again.

  3. End of his career? Nonsense. His resume is perfect for CNN. Will probably get his own show in primetime.

  4. Repeatedly criticizing a fellow member of the media who made an honest mistake for the purpose of generating clicks is fine but then don’t be surprised when you receive the same treatment when you have the misfortune of making a mistake

  5. “Anyone who relies on him in the future does so at their own risk.”

    Anyone that ever relied on Ron Borges in the past was doing so at their own risk. There’s not a Pats fan over the age of 12 that has taken Borges seriously going back to the Kiam days. Guregian and Howe are good Pats reads but Borges is a hack with an agenda.

  6. Again fake news……what ever happen to pure old fashion journalism?

    Take the time to verify more than one source. Do your own background checks.

    be sure what your writing about has verifiable stats, facts, names and documents to support your statements….

    Oh wait…. that will never happen again… because of click bait…24 hour got to know everything now news… got to get it now … be ahead of all others….even if it isn’t true…. shame on us all for feeding the need… shame on those that fail to follow the journalism oath of an era gone by.

  7. John Tomase is reporting that the patriots have secretly videotaped Don Yee and Ron Borges discussing this.

  8. “Actually, plenty of people in sports media use “sources” when they actually have only one source, sources say“

    Florio won the internet today with that line.

  9. Borges has always been a hack. Even the casual New England fan knows Tom Brady has always been a classy team guy, has taken less so the team can build around him, and would never deal with the Patriots in that manner.

  10. worst journalist ever. No curiosity or questioning of the fake Agent Yee? When I first heard the report, it was hard to believe. Why would Jimmy getting paid be the straw that broke Brady? Half the leagues QBs have signed deals over last few years that pay more than Brady and he hasn’t reacted.

  11. Borges always thought he was the heir apparent to Will McDonough. More like the heir apparent to Pee Wee Herman.

  12. My sources tell me that writers in general are in too much of a hurry to get a “story” out first. Who cares about facts, writing in general has become lazy and all about click bait as more and more newspapers strive to find relevance in the online world. Most articles these days are using the texting shorthand and other made up words in their body of work. It is hard to read and I wonder how “college” students thesis’s look and read today.

  13. Maybe he returns to acting. One of my favorite scenes in Back to the Future is when Biff drives into the back of Borges’ news van.

  14. .
    Let’s not forget that it was the Boston Herald which ran the false “Patriots taped Rams Walk Through” story in 2002. The following day they ran an unprecedented full front page / full back page retraction of the lie, but it was too late. The damage was done. To this day many people believe the fully retracted storyline rather than the truth because it fits their agenda.
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  15. I’ve often seen a member of the media throw out an almost insane guess about something, then after a couple of others parrot the guess, the originator cites those parrots as “sources confirming” his or her original guess. Then the parrots cite the originator and/or each other as “sources” and just like that, we have a non story about absolutely nothing.

  16. Wow have lived in Boston my entire life and never heard the story about Borges hitting the guy with a cane and neck brace. When you put all of his transgressions together he should be fired from the Herald and never set foot in another publication. He is a total embarrassment to any employer. It’s all about him, he as an ego greater than all outdoors. Won’t miss his writing, all he ever does is dump on the athletes and teams in Boston. Good luck finding another job Ron.

  17. That’s pretty impressive, to be fired by both major newspapers in Boston within an 11 year stretch for fabricating stories on the same local team. Well done, Mr. Borges, I believe Mr. Kraft would like to give you a tour of the Pit of Misery! Dilly Dilly!!

  18. “The only decision that we can make is to never rely on anything Ron Borges writes or says, ever again.”

    Anyone who knows much about Borges long ago stopped “relying” on anything he had to say. His hate driven agenda against Belichick and the Pats has long be obvious to Pats fans, and outside of Tomase there is no more despised person in the Boston homer press.

  19. Anyone who plagiarizes in this day and age is not only lazy, but stupid. It is so easy to check sources and fact check claims, an 8-year-old can do it in five minutes on Google and Bing. I see a career at McDonalds or KFC lower management for Borges.

  20. With all of the yellow journalism these days, he’ll probably be okay.

    What’s sad about it is that this is just more claptrap that will be added to the Lexicon of Lies about the Patriots, that will be repeated for years upon years.

  21. This guy is just desperate to bring down hometown heroes.

    seems like an unhappy way to go through life

    meanwhile – years from – people will say “you remember that time that Brady threatened to sit out OTAs?”

  22. 1. Borges is and always has been a terrible “journalist” (he must have compromising pics of some high ranking Boston mogul)
    2. Messing with a mans life like that is just NOT cool @Nickinboston
    3. Borges is hardly the only “journalist” that gets a txt message and goes straight to print with “unnamed sources”…. its a stmptom of the 24hr digital news cycle and THIS is why so much news today really is #Fakenews

  23. Why shouldn’t he be held accountable? Because he’s a reporter and will claim free speech? He should be accountable just like every other employee is accountable. If the Globe doesn’t get rid of him what does it say about their organization? I suspect they’ll wash their hands of this guy.

  24. tremoluxman says:
    February 9, 2018 at 11:24 am
    Anyone who plagiarizes in this day and age is not only lazy, but stupid. It is so easy to check sources and fact check claims, an 8-year-old can do it in five minutes on Google and Bing. I see a career at McDonalds or KFC lower management for Borges.

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    I read other teams’ hometown newspapers and messageboards leading up to the games. That’s how I saw it.

    He changed like 2 words in the entire article of the Seattle newspaper reporter’s piece.

    It’s one reason who I knew Grigson and Irsay alerted Bob Kravitz and the other turds at the Indy Star, that Deflategate was in the works with their knowleddge, too. I thought it was so odd that all of their articles leading up to the game were the lies about NE cheating, when NE has never cheated.

    That’s the irony in all of this business here. They just regurgiate the same lie over and over again to make money off the lies.

    It keeps their newspaper companies in business. The Pats obsession in the media is specifically them knowing it’s what haters want, even if known to be lies.

    They don’t care. They’re told to print it by their bosses and the talking heads on tv get away with defamation and slander all day long, everyday towards the Pats organization.

    All it takes is one lawsuit to change the industry and the time has come for Kraft to rattle the cage once and for all.

    I’ve asked repeatedly, where does it end?

  25. grogansheroes says:
    February 9, 2018 at 11:03 am
    Borges always thought he was the heir apparent to Will McDonough. More like the heir apparent to Pee Wee Herman.

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    ^Huge insult to Pee Wee Herman.

  26. Boom, roasted.

    Florio describes it as “laziness”. That’s the kindest thing that could be said about Borges.

    In reality, Borges committed journalistic malpractice. It’s this type of “journalism” that is seen so much these days that causes people not to trust the media.

  27. That clown has a HOF vote?

    So does Peter King, if you didn’t already know from him telling us 75 times.

  28. “Let’s not forget that it was the Boston Herald which ran the false “Patriots taped Rams Walk Through” story in 2002. The following day they ran an unprecedented full front page / full back page retraction of the lie, but it was too late”

    Actually that was 2007 a couple days before that Super Bowl they ran it, and the apology was not issued for several months IIRC.

  29. joeychittwood says:
    February 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

    2. Messing with a mans life like that is just NOT cool @Nickinboston

    Please tell this to Kravitz, Mortensen, and every other scumbag involved in the many attempts to create parity by stealing picks from NE through lying media weasels.

    Those folks deserve a giant steaming plate of their own medicine.

  30. Just proves why people are skeptical when media people say “sources said.” Not being unbiased in any part of the real media (not the newstertainment arm of this day people confuse with that) is a cardinal sin imo.

    If you’re a journalist, you should only go where iron clad facts take you. If you don’t want to do that, get in on the entertainment side of things. Lord knows we have enough of those blowhards, and some people prefer them. I personally prefer the few people left who only go where the genuine facts take them when reporting or writing.

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