These Text Messages Tricked Reporter Into False Tom Brady Contract Story

Lynette Rowe
February 10, 2018

Ron Borges of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has made a decision to get compensated in a way that he never really has.

The only problem? It wasn't Don Yee, it was "Nick in Boston", a WEEI caller.

Borges, citing sources close to Brady in his report, said the 40-year-old league MVP was looking for a contract extension loaded with up-front money. "Tom Brady wants to get paid", Borges wrote.

Garoppolo signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday that will pay him a reported $137.5 million. Well, it's all amusing but here's the funnier part: He tried to call me three times and I just didn't answer. However, to make matters worse for Borges, his story stated that he had "sources" for the story, and not just one communication with a person posing as Brady's agent. But then I was just like, whatever, screw it, I'll just call him and he's gonna know it's not Don Yee.

Shortly after the story's publication, other members of the Patriots media sphere that the story was untrue (or "off the reservation").

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Borges' column was printed in Friday's Herald.

On Friday, Nick told WEEI that he even spoke to Borges on the phone, expecting the columnist to realize the ruse when he heard his voice.

Borges let go by The Globe in May 2007.

The story has since been taken down from the Herald's website and pictures of the conversation, which appears to be between Borges and a man pretending to be Yee rather than Yee himself, were posted to the Twitter account of popular Boston radio show Kirk & Callahan.

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