Ron Borges prankster says hoax was easy to pull off

The Twitter account claims the perpetrator of the hoax is "Nick from Boston".

Borges had reported that Brady was pressuring his team to pay him as much money as his former protégé Jimmy Garoppolo is being paid in San Francisco (which, we've learned, is more than Brady), and was threatening not to take part in offseason practices.

The Herald released a statement Friday afternoon apologizing to Brady and the Pats, and saying Borges' regular column in the paper had been suspended.

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After the story went up this morning, Kirk & Callahan at WEEI exposed Borges by tweeting out the text chain. The report, which cited several unnamed "sources", was apparently the result of a text conversation Borges had with a man pretending to be Brady's agent, Don Yee. "Here's the amusing part".

Borges was reportedly duped by a WEEI listener via text. But then I was just like, whatever, screw it, I'll just call him and he's gonna know it's not Don Yee.

Regarding the issue with Borges' sourcing on the piece, the Herald's sports editor Sean Leahy told Pro Football Talk that they were "looking into it". "But I called him and I was just like, 'Hey, Ronnie, it's Don'".

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

The Globe suspended Borges March 5 for lifting numerous passages from a February 25 article written by Mike Sando of The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. for one of his Sunday Globe "Football notes" columns.

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