The story behind the hidden, crime-ridden life Aaron Hernandez just added another chapter.
In the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine, editor Paul Solotaroff takes a look into the life of Hernandez. Solotaroff talked to many people close to Hernandez, including family friends, high school teammates and “NFL sources.”
The study shows that Hernandez was a heavy angel dust user and became so paranoid because of the drug, he would carry a gun wherever he went. Angel dust, is, of course a street name for the drug PCP. PCP is one of the most dangerous drugs and is considered much worse than other hallucinogens like LSD.
The article also says Hernandez cut himself off from his teammates and older friends, instead surrounding himself with a “cohort of gangsters.” Both of Hernandez’s parents had criminal records and his mother allegedly cheated on his father with a violent drug dealer, who then married Hernandez’s mother after the death of his father. The drug dealer than moved into the house with Aaron and his mother.
Hernandez also had very different relationships with his coaches in college and in the NFL. His college coach at Florida, Urban Meyer (now the head coach of Ohio State) “may have helped cover up failed drug tests, along with two violent incidents — an assault and a drive-by shootout outside a local bar.” On the other hand, his professional coach, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick became fed up with Hernandez and was close to cutting the tight end because of missed practices and “thug-life stunts.”
There have always been character concerns when it comes to Hernandez, which is why the Patriots were able to land a talent like him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Hernandez had 175 catches for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons and received a $40 million contract extension from the Patriots.
Hernandez will be arraigned on murder charges on September 6.