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Houshmazode
08-28-2013, 10:00 AM
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23353296/report-aaron-hernandez-was-heavy-drug-user-and-paranoid


Report: Aaron Hernandez was heavy drug user and paranoid
By John Breech | CBSSports.com
August 27, 2013 11:03 pm ET

UPDATE: Rolling Stone's full article is out -- click here for the shocking details, including a report that Bill Belichick knew Aaron Hernandez feared for his own life at the 2013 NFL Combine.

Since being arrested in June, Aaron Hernandez has written several jailhouse letters and in one of those letters he insisted that he's a 'great dude.' If you have a hard time believing Hernandez is a 'great dude' you're going to have an even harder time after reading new evidence uncovered by Rolling Stone.

In what could turn out to be a bombshell article, the magazine will be publishing a cover story on Hernandez in its October issue. The magazine released a small preview of the story on Tuesday, a preview that will probably make you want to read the entire article.

Here are five revelations from the preview:

Hernandez was a heavy user of angel dust (PCP), and had become so paranoid over the last year that he carried a gun wherever he went.

He surrounded himself with a cohort of gangsters, and cut himself off from his family and teammates.

Hernandez had so infuriated his head coach, Bill Belichick, with missed practices and thug-life stunts, that he was one misstep from being cut.

Both his parents, Dennis and Terri, had criminal records, as did much of his extended family.

Terri allegedly cheated on Dennis before his death with a violent drug dealer named Jeffrey Cummings, then married Cummings after Dennis died and moved him into the house she shared with Aaron.

Although Rolling Stone only promised five revelations, they delivered on a sixth one and the sixth one might be the most damning.

From Rolling Stone:

In college [Hernandez's] coach [then-University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer] may have helped cover up failed drug tests, along with two violent incidents -- an assault and a drive-by shootout outside a local bar.

Unlike the first five revelations though, the magazine doesn't seem as sure about the Meyer revelation, using the word 'MAY have helped' isn't exactly an indictment on Meyer, so it will be definitely be interesting to see what exactly the magazine found to make the connection that Meyer covered-up anything for Hernandez.

Rolling Stone hasn't announced a release date for the Hernandez issue, but it will be on newsstands sometime in September.

Hernandez, who's facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, is due back in court for an arraignment on Sept. 6.


http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23363898/report-bill-belichick-knew-aaron-hernandez-felt-his-life-was-in-danger



Report: Bill Belichick knew Aaron Hernandez felt 'life was in danger'
By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
August 28, 2013 11:10 am ET

Did Bill Belichick know about Hernandez' problems? Did Bill Belichick know about Hernandez' problems? (USATSI)

On Tuesday, not long after Aaron Hernandez was officially scheduled for a September 6 arraignment on first-degree murder charges, Rolling Stone dropped a teaser about an upcoming article on the former Patriots tight end. That teaser is now a full-blown article as Rolling Stone dropped the proverbial bombshell on Wednesday.

Titled "Gangster in the Huddle," it's a behemoth of an article that alleges a lot of pretty incendiary stuff. For instance, Rolling Stone reports that Hernandez flew to the 2013 NFL Combine to see Bill Belichick and tell the coach that the tight end felt his life was in danger.

"According to a source close to Hernandez, he flew to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this past February and confided to Belichick that his life was in danger," Paul Solotaroff and Ron Borges write. "Hernandez was trying to break away from the gangsters he'd befriended. He worried 'they were actually trying to kill him,' says the source."

Putting aside why Hernandez was paranoid for a moment (we'll get to that), this would be a major, major deal if true. The Patriots -- or, at least, Patriots owner Robert Kraft -- claim they were "duped" by Hernandez. But if Belichick knew that Hernandez felt his life was in danger, well, it might shift some liability in this matter, moral or otherwise.

It's only alleged or reported or whatever word you need, so it might not be relevant, especially when you consider that one of two people actually know about this conversation between Belichick and Hernandez. One of those people is currently in jail and the other is the head coach of the Patriots.

But it's worth watching either way especially when two previous Patriots beat writers -- both of whom are writers for national sites -- confirmed the conversation between Belichick and Hernandez. (And as our own Pete Prisco noted, Hernandez was in Indy during the combine.)

SI.com's Greg Bedard also told me on Twitter he heard of the conversation but couldn't find a second source to confirm the story. So, yeah, wow.

Back to Hernandez paranoia. Rolling Stone alleges that Hernandez, according to friends, became a heavy "angel dust" user. (Angel dust, for you squares that don't know, is PCP.) Using this "maniacal" drug, Hernandez became insanely paranoid, RS reports, and was "carrying a gun wherever he went."

"In exclusive conversations with Rolling Stone, those friends, who insisted they not be named, say Hernandez was using the maniacal drug angel dust, had fallen in with a crew of gangsters and convinced himself that his life was in danger, carrying a gun wherever he went," the magazine reports. "Sources close to the tight end add that throughout the spring, when players are expected to be preparing themselves for the marathon NFL season, Hernandez had missed workouts and sessions with a rehab trainer, and had been told by his head coach, Bill Belichick, that he was one misstep from being cut."

The magazine also reports later in the feature that during the 2013 offseason, things got pretty bad with Hernandez and the Patriots. The tight end reportedly "blew off sessions with his therapist, Alex Guerrero, and stood up Tom Brady, who was running a camp for Pats receivers."

After a domestic dispute between Hernandez and his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, the mag reports that Belichick became so upset he "exploded" and threatened to dump Hernandez after 2013.

"No arrest was made, but word got back to Belichick, who exploded and tendered notice: Any more disruptions and he'd be traded or cut at the end of the 2013 season," the magazine writes.

Again, pretty heavy stuff here, but also stuff that wasn't reported anywhere during the offseason. You're telling me this information didn't leak out at all to the media? Because that's a lot of incidents occurring that, one would think, might find their way to the press during the offseason.

And then there's maybe the weirdest thing of all: Rolling Stone alleges, "per a close Hernandez associate," Bill Belichick told Hernandez "to lay low, rent a safe house for a while."

I mean, WHAT? That sounds a lot more like advice from Ron Burgundy than it does Bill Belichick. But that's how, allegedly, Hernandez ended up renting his now infamous "flop house."

Seriously I'm flummoxed by all of this. The article's a complete bombshell assuming it's all true. I have a difficult time believing that Bill Freaking Belichick was told by one of his players that the player felt his own life was in danger, Belichick didn't do anything about it, so the player started skipping a bunch of workouts, then Belichick got mad and then, finally, Belichick told the player to rent a safe house and "lay low."

It's pretty implausible right? But then again, so is everything else that's happened with Aaron Hernandez over the past six months.



So not only did Belichik and the Patriots know about his problems before they drafted him (they tried to dupe everyone by saying they were duped), but apparently the NFL's substance abuse tests don't test for PCP. :confused:

Al Wilson 4 Mayor
08-28-2013, 10:08 AM
Some of that is hard to believe. What is Bill B. suppose to do if Hernandez really feels like his life is in danger? The only thing he can do is tell him to go to the police.

// / yardo
08-28-2013, 10:24 AM
I just read the Rolling Stone article. So much wrong going on in this guys life. It was like a perfect storm of immaturity, bad influences, loss of good influences (father's death) mixed with privileges, money, drugs, gangs, power, people covering for him (Urban Meyer & the Patriots) and an elitist demeanor that no one could touch him.

In his mind he 100%, undoubtedly believed nothing or no one could bring him down.

The huge contract seemed to be the inevitable tipping point.

dizzolve
08-28-2013, 10:41 AM
Some of that is hard to believe. What is Bill B. suppose to do if Hernandez really feels like his life is in danger? The only thing he can do is tell him to go to the police.

Not draft him? This was during the combine.

Haven't read the article yet tho

HUMCALC
08-28-2013, 11:12 AM
All circumstancial and hearsay

theMileHighGuy
08-28-2013, 12:08 PM
This kind of article is very typical of Rolling Stone lately.

the0rangecrush
08-28-2013, 12:10 PM
The article in Rolling Stone was interesting, and did kill some time for me.

Al Wilson 4 Mayor
08-28-2013, 12:14 PM
Not draft him? This was during the combine.

Haven't read the article yet tho

It was during the 2013 combine.

EddieMac
08-28-2013, 12:44 PM
Seems pretty sensational.....and not the good sensational.

dizzolve
08-28-2013, 12:48 PM
It was during the 2013 combine.

Ohhhhhhh .... ok

Yeah what could he really do

Al Wilson 4 Mayor
08-28-2013, 12:50 PM
Seems pretty sensational.....and not the good sensational.

So, you're talkin 'bad sensational'?

broncoslover115
08-28-2013, 01:16 PM
How could he be doing PCP all the time and pass drug tests? Do they test for that? If not, why not?

TH3JUICEMAN
08-28-2013, 01:27 PM
PCP is not that common of a drug that is abused......but I still imagine the NFL would test for it.

beastlyskronk
08-28-2013, 02:35 PM
I just read the Rolling Stone article. So much wrong going on in this guys life. It was like a perfect storm of immaturity, bad influences, loss of good influences (father's death) mixed with privileges, money, drugs, gangs, power, people covering for him (Urban Meyer & the Patriots) and an elitist demeanor that no one could touch him.

In his mind he 100%, undoubtedly believed nothing or no one could bring him down.

The huge contract seemed to be the inevitable tipping point.

If he believed no one could bring him down why would he tell BB that he feared for his life? Seems more along the lines of he thought the situation was kill or be killed.

beastlyskronk
08-28-2013, 02:37 PM
PCP is not that common of a drug that is abused......but I still imagine the NFL would test for it.

There's no way that they don't, but they probably do cut corners on these drug tests. I imagine it's pretty expensive to test as many players as they do and the NFL is pretty cheap imo

roushmartin6
08-29-2013, 12:02 AM
So sad that someone that talented through away the dream for drugs and thug life.

johntbronco
08-29-2013, 05:59 AM
So not only did Belichik and the Patriots know about his problems before they drafted him (they tried to dupe everyone by saying they were duped), but apparently the NFL's substance abuse tests don't test for PCP. :confused:[/QUOTE]

Makes sense, Lets give players 6 games suspension for watery-down marijuana pee and not test for PCP! :rolleyes:

EddieMac
08-29-2013, 06:07 AM
So, you're talkin 'bad sensational'?

Haha, sure make me clarify AW4M :P

Sensational:
Arousing or intended to arouse strong curiosity, interest, or reaction, especially by exaggerated or lurid details: sensational journalism;

CoryWinget81
08-29-2013, 07:11 AM
(sees "arousing", quickly scans rest of thread)




(...leaves)

Cajun
08-30-2013, 02:10 PM
sites, magazines, news papers have to have a story to get peoples attention some how. The difference between movies and the magazines, sites, etc... is that movies will admit the story is loosely based on facts where as the others wont until proven otherwise. How else will they make money?

The sad part of this all is, Hernandez hasnt been proven guilty by law yet, and crap like this is going to be in his favor due to the fact everybody will know the situation. His lawyer will claim his client wont get a fair trial due to it.

ruksak
08-30-2013, 03:43 PM
Ron Borges, a contributor to that article, was was suspended from the Boston Globe (and immediately retired after returning) in 2007 for plagiarism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Borges#Plagiarism_allegations).

fallforward3y+
09-01-2013, 11:48 PM
So sad that someone that talented through away the dream for drugs and thug life.

It's sad that Oden Lloyd died in the process, but that's as far as it goes for me. Purely speaking of a player throwing away the dream, I could care less. It's their skill, they earned their shot at the NFL, it's theirs to do what they want with. If they want to screw it all up they can go right ahead, give it to the next guy who wants it.

fallforward3y+
09-01-2013, 11:51 PM
Ohhhhhhh .... ok

Yeah what could he really do

This, there's not much he could have really done other than tell him to go to the cops. Perhaps he could have bought him a home to hideout in somewhere when he's not practicing, but it's not BB's responsibility to fix what Hernandez messed up.