Ron Borges prankster says hoax was easy to pull off

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The reason? The future Hall of Famer was unhappy with the five-year, $137.5 million contract the 49ers gave Jimmy Garoppolo and Brady wasn't going to show up for OTAs until he got a new deal too.

"The dominoes are about to continue their Foxboro free fall".

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.

Boston radio station WEEI claims that one of its listeners, "Nick in Boston", pulled a prank on Borges with text messages pretending to be from Brady's agent, Don Yee. 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. Tom E. Curran said he was told that the report was "off the reservation".

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It's worth noting that Borges cited "sources" as in multiple people claiming to have knowledge of Brady's rumored situation, rather than one random text from someone claiming to be the quarterback's agent. Nick is probably not as surprised as Borges and his editors are. It's no longer available online.

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 Herald, which has a history of retracting and apologizing for a false report regarding the Patriots, has already pulled the story from its website.

Borges' column has been suspended pending further review.

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