Borges' column has been suspended pending further review.
Late Thursday evening, longtime Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges dropped a bombshell story citing sources who informed him that Tom Brady is so angry about Jimmy Garoppolo's massive contract extension with the 49ers that the Patriots quarterback is planning to hold out until he gets paid more.
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.
Nick in Boston told Ron Borges that he was Don Yee and @RonBorges ran with it. However, just to put a cherry on top of this incredible story and make it that much better, Borges was on Twitter last night telling people to "do their homework".
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As NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk noted this morning, the Boston Herald has pulled the column after Boston-area radio station WEEI revealed that one of their listeners was the one who texted Borges. "Here's the amusing part".
In March 2007, Borges was suspended by The Boston Globe after plagiarizing parts of a column.
"Nick in Boston" also texted his conversation with Borges over to Kirk and Callahan, who shared that exchange on Twitter. "But I called him and I was just like, 'Hey, Ronnie, it's Don'". While Borges didn't credit Sando, a disclaimer at the end of his column said, "Material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report'".
Pranks like this happen to reporters, but sticking to journalistic principles, especially on a big story like this, would have prevented something like this from running.