The Herald's Ron Borges posted an article on Thursday night saying Brady was ready to sit out OTAs if the Patriots didn't give him a big raise this offseason, citing multiple sources.
"The dominoes are about to continue their Foxboro free fall".
Friday morning, the Twitter account for WEEI sports radio show Kirk & Callahan published texts it says a listener identified as "Nick in Boston" sent to Borges, claiming to be Brady's manager Don Yee and offering the juicy, and untrue, details.
This isn't the first time Borges has gotten into hot water over his writing.
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.
The Yee impersonator also purportedly said that "12 was not going to return unless McDaniels was named the head coach in waiting", which also made it into Borges' column. After Jimmy G got his fat new contract yesterday to the tune of $137.5 million and $74 million guaranteed, fake Don Yee aka Nick in Boston saw an opportunity to expose a reporter. 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.
Borges's report was partly based on a text conversation he had with a person pretending to be Don Yee, Brady's agent.
The Herald removed the story from its website and announced Borges' column "has been suspended pending further review".