Plagiarism Allegation Hits ‘Boston Globe’ Football Writer

RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Visit Us
LinkedIn

By: Joe Strupp

Similarities between a Sunday story by a Boston Globe sportswriter and a piece written a week earlier by a writer at the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., have prompted a review by the Globe’s top sports editor.

“We are aware of the complaint and we are looking into it,” said Joe Sullivan, Globe assistant managing editor/sports. “Someone pointed it out to me and we are looking into it.”

First reported by the web site www.coldhardfootballfacts.com, the allegations concern the “Football Notes” column of Globe sportswriter Ron Borges. The March 4 column includes several passages that appear similar, or in some cases identical, to a Feb. 25 story by the News Tribune’s Mike Sando.

Both stories were related to the potential trade of Seattle Seahawks receiver Darrell Jackson, with Borges noting the New England Patriots’ possible interest.

Coldhardfootballfacts.com posted several passages from both stories that offer grounds for concern. Those include:

Sando: “Jackson was leading the NFL in touchdowns last season when a turf-toe injury forced him to miss the final three games. The injury prevented Jackson from achieving his third 1,000-yard season in four years and the fourth overall. Jackson still led the Seahawks with 63 catches for 956 yards and 10 touchdowns.”

Borges: “Jackson was leading the NFL in touchdowns last season when a turf-toe injury forced him to miss the final three games. The injury prevented him from reaching his third 1,000-yard season in four years, but Jackson still led Seattle with 63 catches for 956 yards and 10 touchdowns.”

***

Sando: “But trouble arose in March 2004 when former Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt allegedly shorted Jackson on a contract offer. Jackson said he signed the deal anyway at the urging of his father, who has since died. Whitsitt has dismissed the charge as preposterous, while Ruskell has resisted honoring a promise that a predecessor denies making. The dispute has escalated ever since, with the Seahawks and Jackson’s agents exchanging a series of blunt letters, sources said.”

Borges: “Trouble arose with Seahawks management two years ago after former team president Bob Whitsitt allegedly shorted Jackson on a contract offer. Jackson said he signed the deal anyway at the urging of his father. Whitsitt has dismissed the charge as preposterous, while present club president Tim Ruskell has refused to honor a promise that another person denies making. The dispute has escalated, with the Seahawks and Jackson’s agents exchanging blunt letters.”

***

Sando: “When Ruskell became Seahawks president in February 2005, one of his first moves was to issue a letter to players outlining his expectations. He urged full participation in the team’s offseason program, including minicamps, but Jackson let it be known he would honor his contract but nothing more. Jackson subsequently skipped the voluntary portions of minicamps.

Borges: “When Ruskell became Seahawks president in February 2005, one of his first moves was to issue a letter to players outlining his expectations. He urged full participation in the team’s offseason program, including minicamps, but Jackson let it be known he would honor his contract, but nothing more. Jackson subsequently skipped the voluntary portions of minicamps.”

Borges’ column also included an unusual credit line at the end that stated “material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.”

Borges and Globe Editor Martin Baron did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Sullivan said he had spoken to Borges about the allegations, but offered no further comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *