Boston Globe investigating into "hoax" Tom Brady holdout column

Tom E. Curran

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So, you know that Boston Herald story about Tom Brady threatening to skip the New England Patriots' offseason organized team activities if he doesn't receive a contract extension in line with the one San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo signed Thursday?

"The dominoes are about to continue their Foxboro free fall". A listener on WEEI's Kirk & Callahan show has claimed to have texted Borges said bogus information while pretending to be Garoppolo's agent, Don Yee.

The WEEI radio hosts claim "Nick from Boston" tricked Borges into writing fake news. "Tom Brady wants to get paid", Borges wrote.

In 2007, Borges left the Boston Globe for plagiarizing another reporter's column.

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Earlier Thursday, San Francisco made Garoppolo the highest-paid player on a per-year basis in National Football League history by signing him to a five-year, $137.5 million deal that includes $74 million in guarantees. The person who told Borges the lie says Borges was easy to fool. The website also accused Borges of "copying and pasting" their work in the past without giving proper citation. The column and its misled reporting were plastered all over the front and back pages of the Friday edition of the paper.

"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 statement, published Friday afternoon, read.

The Herald apologizes to Brady, his agent Don Yee and the Patriots, and to our readers for this erroneous report. The Herald immediately took down the column and we've yet to have a response from Borges.

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