Rolling Stone releases new details about Aaron Hernandez's life.
A story in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, headlined "Gangster in the Huddle," quotes friends and family close to Hernandez. It also says Hernandez's drug use and behavior caused him to miss preseason workouts with the Patriots, prompting coach Bill Belichick to say the player was "one misstep from being cut" from the NFL team.
Writers Paul Solotaroff and Ron Borges get into the details of how Hernandez came to be charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, and they go back to the player's days at the University of Florida -- and it's not a pretty picture.
As has been reported before, Rolling Stone says that Hernandez failed multiple drug tests with the Gators but faced little if any punishment from then-coach Urban Meyer.
The story says, "As a sophomore, Hernandez was benched for the season opener, meaning he’d likely failed drug tests over the summer. But Meyer denied it, saying he 'wasn’t ready to play,' again giving cover for bad behavior. 'Meyer kept us at such a distance,' says [a local Gainesville] reporter, 'or flat-out lied, that we couldn’t verify a pot suspension.' ... Hernandez would fail other drug tests, according to reports, and should have faced bans for up to half a season, per school regulations. Instead, he didn’t miss a single snap, though he was seen hanging out with a crew of thugs at a local bar."
Of his time with the Patriots, the story says, "Hernandez practically ran up a banner that said STOP ME! I’M OUT OF CONTROL! He’d get high all the time driving away from games, say friends of the family, 'smoking three or four blunts' in the ride back to his place. He avoided all contact with teammates after practice, even among the guys in his position group, which is unheard of in the league."
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