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Report about Tom Brady threatening contract holdout a hoax

Report about Tom Brady threatening contract holdout a hoax

The Herald article about Brady's alleged salary requests was written by sports columnist Ron Borges.

Ron Borges, a sportswriter for the Herald, reported on Thursday night that Brady would not report to OTAs if he didn't receive a raise comparable to the one the 49ers gave his former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo.

On the heels of the San Francisco 49ers making quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid player in the National Football League with his new five-year, $137.5 million deal, the Boston Herald's Ron Borges reported via unnamed sources close to Tom Brady that the Patriots QB was ready to sit out all of this year's offseason organized team activities unless he got a comparable deal to what his old backup got.

Friday morning on WEEI, the "Kirk and Callahan Show" says they received a text message exchange between Borges and a person claiming to be Tom Brady's agent.

Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo walk onto the Met Life Stadium field in 2015
Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo walk onto the Met Life Stadium field in 2015

Garoppolo yesterday signed a five-year, $137.4 million deal with $74 million guaranteed. But then I was just like, whatever, screw it, I'll just call him and he's gonna know it's not Don Yee.

A report claiming Tom Brady would sit out the New England Patriots' off-season activities this year unless he was given a raise was taken down after questions surfaced about the source of the information. The con artist pretending to be Yee is apparently "Nick in Boston", a WEEI listener. The report was quickly refuted by Tom E. Curran, who confidently labeled it "off the reservation".

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

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