CSNNE — The Deflategate controversy took an interesting turn on Tuesday when Robert Kraft threw in the towel instead of challenging the NFL like many thought he would. … That’s when Ron Borges threw out an interesting piece of information.
“Belichick never believed his story, from what I was told,” said Borges. “Because they all know. Why do you think all those retired quarterbacks, the Troy Aikmans of the world — Troy Aikman is about as nice a guy as I’ve ever met in football — nobody’s backed [Brady]. Nobody, not a single guy. Why do you think that is? Because they hate Brady? No. Because they’re not stupid. They know nothing’s done with those balls that the quarterback doesn’t want done.”
I’m going to try to recover from my initial shock that Ron Borges believes 1) the Patriots have been less than truthful and 2) behind the scenes in Foxboro there is dissension, division and mistrust.
Old Ctrl+C Borges has, since the day 21 years ago that Mr. Kraft saved the Patriots and spared the world from the abomination of the St. Louis Stallions, never once talked about an issue facing the club without making it sound like there’s more infighting and palace intrigue than the boxed set of “The Tudors.”
I mean, what is he saying here? He’s a reporter, correct? Granted he’s a grenade-tossing, agenda-driven, slant artist. But I imagine on his 1040 he puts “Reporter” in the box marked “Occupation.” So is he reporting that Bill Belichick thinks Tom Brady lied to him, to the team owner, to the public and the press?
Or is he simply saying he “was told” that? Because if I’m not being too nosy, I’m curious to ask, by whom? Sources within the organization? Someone close to Belichick or Brady? His barber? One of the skeezy guys who hang out at the corner of Mass. Ave and Melnea Cass selling flowers?
I’m no journalist (thank God), but I’d say there’s a huge distinction between “reporting” a thing and casually throwing it out there on TV because you’ve been “told” it. One is what a professional reporter does and puts his name on it. The other is wildly irresponsible, takes no balls and does nothing but make people look bad to fit your own agenda. I’ve been told by a lot of people that Belichick and Brady are emotionally linked like Elliot and E.T. Does that make me more right than Ron Borges? I’ve also heard that Ron Borges was the one who shot Archduke Ferdinand, so both World Wars are all his fault. If I go on television and repeat that and permanently damage his reputation, are we cool with that?
While we’re on the subject, that’s a cute trick, playing the “nothing’s done to the ball the quarterback doesn’t want done” card. Because none of us doubt it’s true. But it conveniently ignores the inconvenient truth that nowhere in the Wells Report do they show where anything was done to the footballs. Certainly not that they were illegally deflated below the legal amount. The proof just is not there. Troy Aikman can be canonized tomorrow, every living quarterback can sit on their hands and not speak up for Brady and Borges can draw whatever inferences he wants. But if they’re really “not stupid,” they have to admit that.
But I won’t hold my breath. There’s no sense in letting the facts get in the way of a good smear campaign.
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