Before his arrest in June on murder and other charges, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was on the verge of being cut from the team after multiple “missed practices and thug-life stunts,” according to a new Rolling Stone article on the once-
The article, titled “The Gangster in the Huddle,” appears in the latest issue. The magazine posted a summary of the story on its website Tuesday night.
According to the summary, head coach Bill Belichick was “infuriated” over Hernandez’s missed practices and other issues, and he was “one misstep from being cut.”
A team spokesman, Stacey James, declined to comment on the assertion Tuesday night.
The magazine also reported that Hernandez was “a heavy user” of the drug angel dust who took to carrying a gun at all times because he had become paranoid.
The summary also said that when Hernandez was at the University of Florida, then-head football coach Urban Meyer “may have helped cover up failed drug tests” and the player’s possible involvement in a shooting outside a local bar.
A university spokesman did not return voice and e-mail messages late Tuesday, and Meyer, now head football coach at Ohio State University, could not be reached.
Hernandez is charged in the fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd on June 17 near the former Patriot’s North Attleborough home and is being held without bail.