Boston Herald Apologizes For Fake Story About Tom Brady

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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 dominoes are about to continue their Foxboro free fall".

This isn't the first time Borges has gotten into hot water over his writing.

The Yee impersonator texted Borges that "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".

That story has since been taken down and retracted after WEEI revealed that one of its own listeners had hoaxed the poor columnist with a text believing it to be from Brady's agent, and that the whole premise of Borges' column was false and fabricated.

After the story went up this morning, Kirk & Callahan at WEEI exposed Borges by tweeting out the text chain. It also fed into an overall narrative that Brady is no fan of Garoppolo after ESPN's reporting on an alleged power struggle between Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft. It appears that the fake Yee was Borges's lone source. Tom E. Curran said he was told that the report was "off the reservation". It's no longer available online.

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.

The Herald released a statement Friday afternoon apologizing to Brady and the Pats, and saying Borges' regular column in the paper had been suspended.