— Mut at Night (@MutAtNightWEEI) February 9, 2018
Those are the texts from a WEEI listener by the name of “Nick in Boston” who posed as Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, to Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges last night and “leaked” a story about Brady planning to hold out of OTA’s this off-season. After Jimmy G got his fat new contract yesterday to the tune of $137.5 million and $74 million guaranteed, fake Don Yee aka Nick in Boston saw an opportunity to expose a reporter.
Those texts above were all the sources Ron Borges needed to run a column this morning in the Herald reporting that Tom Brady plans to sit out all off-season activities unless he got himself a Jimmy G-type contract.
Seriously, he actually wrote an entire column based on that text chain.
After the story went up this morning, Kirk & Callahan at WEEI exposed Borges by tweeting out the text chain. The Herald immediately took down the column and we’ve yet to have a response from Borges. 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”.
— QuarantineHead💧 (@BigHeadBS) February 9, 2018
Even though Borges has yet to comment, we do have a statement from Nick in Boston, who went on the show this morning to explain this catfishing. Turns out it was easier than he thought. From PFT:
“Somebody tweeted Ron Borges’ phone number and I just picked it up and for some reason I just thought, ‘Hey, I’ll text him and say I’m Don Yee.’ And he just went with it for some reason,” Nick in Boston said. “Here’s the funny part. Well, it’s all funny but here’s the funnier part: He tried to call me three times and I just didn’t answer. But then I was just like, whatever, screw it, I’ll just call him and he’s gonna know it’s not Don Yee. But I called him and I was just like, ‘Hey, Ronnie, it’s Don.’”
HE CALLED HIM. He called him and he still ran with the story. Amazing. Every now and then, we need someone to put these holier-than-thou big J’s back in their place. Thank you, Nick in Boston.
You can’t delete a good old-fashioned newspaper
If only you could delete the link to the print version. pic.twitter.com/0sw191pXr8
— Marshall Hook (@marshallhook) February 9, 2018
This isn’t the first time Borges has been caught up in some sketchy journalistic tactics
The Globe suspended Borges March 5 for lifting numerous passages from a Feb. 25 article written by Mike Sando of The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. for one of his Sunday Globe “Football notes” columns. When he handed down the suspension, Globe editor Martin Baron said the paper “does not tolerate plagiarism.”
Sando had posted his piece to an online notes-sharing network used by Borges and other sports reporters nationwide. 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.'”