The newest issue of Rolling Stone features just about the last thing Aaron Hernandez’s defense attorneys want to see – a nosey journalist taking a deep delve into the former Patriot tight end’s personal life. On Tuesday, the magazine’s website they published a preview of the story by revealing five “revelations” that Paul Solotaroff discovered in his investigation for the story:
• Hernandez was a heavy user of angel dust, 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.
• In college, his 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.
Solotaroff cites “family friends, high school teammates and NFL sources” as his sources for the information, and no more information is given.
The biggest things here that immediately stand out
1. Hernandez was a “heavy user” of angel dust. This is noteworthy for a few reasons:
– If this is true, and he wasn’t caught by the NFL drug testing, that sets off a few PED alarms.
– It is slightly inferred that his angel dust paranoia is what may have caused him to murder multiple people.
– Ummm, HE WAS USING ANGEL DUST (Smokey).
2. Urban Meyer did WHAT?!? The possible ramifications of what Meyer is accused of, in print, could be huge. If Solotaroff outright accuses Meyer of covering up crimes (a crime itself) and dirty drug tests (for who knows what), Meyer could be subject to criminal and NCAA investigations, and lose his job and freedom.
If Meyer is innocent, doesn’t this lead to court and maybe a Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada situation where Solotaroff refuses to reveal his sources and faces jail time? I mean, this is a pretty big deal, there is no way this ends in a neatly wrapped bow like a shitty season of Dexter.
Long story short, this story is going to suck for anybody involved with Hernandez, including the Patriots, the NFL and apparently his family and college coach.