By 7:30 a.m., the article was off the Herald's website and by early afternoon, Borges's column was suspended.
The Boston Herald has apologized for posting an "erroneous report" about Tom Brady's contract status with the New England Patriots. The guy who pranked Borges, identified as "Nick in Boston" claimed that he started texting Borges pretending to be Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee, after he saw someone post Borges' number on Twitter. Citing unnamed "sources close to" Brady, he is "ready to sit out all of this year's offseason organized team activities unless he receives a contract extension that carries with it up-front money similar to what his former protege, Jimmy Garoppolo, will receive from the San Francisco 49ers".
The WEEI radio hosts claim "Nick from Boston" tricked Borges into writing fake news. Sports Boston's Tom Curran called the report "off the reservation" and it appears his initial assessment was spot on.
Borges' column was printed in Friday's Herald. It also fed into an overall narrative that Brady is no fan of Garoppolo after ESPN's reporting on an alleged power struggle between Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft.
Borges responded by saying "Sounds like I need to write a column today". 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'".
Only one problem - it looks as if Borges based the premise of his column on hoax texts sent to him purporting to be from Brady's agent Don Yee.