I don’t normally like to kick a man when he’s down, but there are exceptions to every rule, and one such exception is alleged plagiarist- and once noted anti-Japanese– writer Ron Borges.
If you’re just catching up, this has been quite a morning on the Boston Sports Media scene.
First, Ron Borges of the Herald runs with a story that Tom Brady is demanding a Jimmy G type contract, and is threatening to sit out the offseason program unless he gets it. Story gets the cover, and is picked up by several media outlets.
Shortly after 6 am, however, Kirk Minihane comes on the air on WEEI and reports that the “sources” cited by Borges are actually a guy named “Nick from Boston”, who was pretending to be Brady’s agent, Don Yee, and had been texting back and forth with Borges for a couple of weeks. Borges, apparently didn’t do much to verify this information.
I mean, Don Yee is based in LA, and this guy was texting from a 508 number. Come on Ron, even you aren’t that big of a moron….are you?
When we’ve run with stuff from our West Coast source, for example, we check his goddamn area code!
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Back to Ron….
Borges also claimed he had “sources”, which is just a bold-faced lie. But I guess that shouldn’t shock anyone from a guy who was once suspended amid a plagiarism scandal.
The Herald has since pulled the article from their website
This calls into question every word Borges has ever written…except for his exceptionally vapid boxing columns, because nobody would care enough to be a fake boxing source. Plus boxing people are all either brain dead or 85 years old, and wouldn’t have the wherewithal to pull it off.
Borges has always been a hack. He tries like hell to play himself as the contrarian, the voice of the minority, a thought-inspiring troll. But unlike our Man, Dan “Shank” Shaughnessy, Borges is a transparent joke. He’s nothing but an irrelevant and lazy columnist who puts grinding his proverbial axe above all, namely sound and solid journalism.
And, let us not forget, he caused the whole EEI- Boston Globe stand-off of the late 90’s-early 2000’s when he called Hideki Irabu a “fat Jap” on the air. This is a complete non-sequitur, but like I said, I’m here to kick Borges while he’s down.
In the early days of HTTA, when we launched our Honoring Boston Legends series, Borges came up in a staff text chain as a potential candidate. But I completely shot it down. While the “Honoring” series is intended to rip the Legends, it’s mostly tongue-in-cheek and there is at least some level of respect for what they’ve done.
There is not much to respect about Ron Borges. He took on a role as anti-Belichick early on, and always carried himself as superior to other journalists who didn’t play a character as he did. Now, he has ridden that train directly into the ground. That’s not brave or interesting, that’s stubborn and simple-minded. Virtually everything he’s written on the Patriots has been filtered through that lens first…truth and fact second. He is often mentioned in the same breath as Shaughnessy, Ryan and the other Boston greats. But the truth is, he doesn’t deserve it…never has.
So, Ron, if this is good-bye- and I hope that it is- you reap what you sow bud. You play with fire, you end up with Part-time, 4 month old blogs righteously and rightfully calling into question your entire career and livelihood.
Somewhere deep down inside, I think you knew this is how it would end.