Prankster Fools Boston Herald Columnist Into Publishing Fake News Story About Tom Brady
A prankster was able to fool a Boston Herald sports columnist into believing a fake news story about Tom Brady’s contract. The prank was so believable to the writer that the fake news report was the top story in the Boston Herald’s sports section. Possibly the worst part is that the prankster said the hoax was easy to pull off.
On Thursday night, Boston Herald sports columnist Ron Borges received a text message from a person claiming to be Don Yee, the agent for both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. The text provided some juicy gossip that Brady was “prepared to sit out all offseason team activity unless he gets a new deal with up-front money similar to what Jimmy got.” This came as a response to former New England Patriots backup quarterback Garoppolo landing a five-year contract extension from the San Francisco 49ers, the team Jimmy was traded to midway through last season. Garoppolo’s new deal is worth $137.5 million or $27.5 per year, which is the largest in NFL history on an average-per-year basis. Meanwhile, Brady currently has two years and $44 million remaining on his contract.