Aaron Hernandez, the 23-year-old former New England Patriots player who sits in jail awaiting trial for first-degree murder, was a frequent user of angel dust, and carried a gun with him at all times because he was paranoid. That's according to a story published Wednesday, Aug. 28 on Rolling Stone magazine's website. The article, titled "The Gangster in the Huddle", which will also be printed in the magazine's next issue, provides details of Hernandez's transformation from high school football standout, to NFL star, to alleged murderer.
The story claims Hernandez hung around with a bunch of gangsters, and cut himself off from his family and teammates as he regularly used drugs including PCP, or angel dust as it's also known.
Aaron Hernandez sits behind bars awaiting trial in the murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge along with five other gun charges.
Sources for the report cite friends of his family, who say Aaron sometimes smoked three or four blunts during the drive home from games.
But they also claim he was into way worse drugs than just weed.
Hernandez began carrying a rifle in his gym bag because he worried his gangster cohorts might be trying to kill him, according to Sports Illustrated. He had a gun with him at all times, sources say.
Hernandez had allegedly so infuriated his head coach Bill Belichick, with missed practices and thug-like stunts, that he was one step away from being cut the Patriots team.
Both Aaron's parents, Dennis and Terri, had criminal records, as does much of his Hernandez's extended family.
There's been 47 arrests of NFL players since the end of the last regular season. From bar brawls, to cars accidents, to domestic abuse, the article makes note that violence follows the players home.
The don't have a "kill switch" for the aggressiveness they must employ on the football field.
The article makes a gruesome account of the last moments of Odin Lloyd's life, as it appears he knew what was coming.
Hernandez' story is a sad tale of a young man with a bright future, who apparently threw it all way for drugs.