Boston Herald's Ron Borges was very sloppy in "reporting" explosive Tom Brady story.
1. Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges was allegedly tricked by a fan pretending to be Tom Brady's agent last night. The fan texted Borges that Brady was going to skip OTAs if he didn't get paid like Jimmy Garoppolo, who was given a 5-year, $137 million deal by the Niners earlier in the day. Borges thought he had a big story and so did the Herald.
At first glance, even though Borges ran with the story without seemingly doing any checking or additional reporting, I had some sympathy for Borges because he could end up losing his job after being set up. This was the stance taken by respected NFL reporter, Ed Werder.
However, once you dig a little deeper, it seems Borges has many other issues. For starters, in his story, which has since been deleted by the Herald, he said he had "sources" on this story—meaning more than one.
Ron Borges' column on Tom Brady threatening a holdout specifically referred to "sources," plural. WEEI is saying their guy sent Borges a phony text and that's what he based his column on. But did Borges have another source? https://t.co/leyDl2jH3j— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) February 9, 2018
Not good. Not good at all. It's one thing to be sloppy in the reporting, but when it seems you flat out lied about having more than one source in the story, it makes it harder to garner any sympathy.
In the end, every aspect of this story, from the fan messing with Borges, to Borges doing a terrible job, feels dirty.
UPDATE: Friday afternoon, the Herald suspended Borges and released this statement:
"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 Herald apologizes to Brady, his agent Don Yee and the Patriots, and to our readers for this erroneous report. Borges’ column has been suspended pending further review."
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