Foxborough, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Longtime friends have revealed that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had become paranoid to the point of carrying a gun everywhere.
According to a story in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, friends also revealed that Hernandez was using PCP or angel dust and was told by Patriots coach Bill Belichick to lie low or he’d be cut in the year before being accused of murder.
“Don’t matter what it’s about: Aaron’s out of his mind,” a friend of the family said, according to Rolling Stone. “He’s been twisted on dust now for more than a year, which is when all of this crazy s— started.”
Other Hernandez’ friends, who did not want their names published, said the tight end’s life turned for the worse when his father died unexpectedly.
The friends added that Hernandez hung out also exclusively with a rough crowd, people which they called gangsters, after signing his five-year, $40 million contract extension in 2012.
In February, according to the report, he flew to the NFL combine in Indianapolis to tell Belichick that his life was in danger. He had been carrying a gun, fearing that the people he had been hanging out with were going to kill him.
Friends also told the magazine that Hernandez and often smoked marijuana after games.
According to the magazine’s report, this past spring Hernandez skipped workouts to rehab an injury in California. But the partying followed him there, he missed rehab sessions and the police were even called to his rental home after a loud dispute.
Belichick then told Hernandez that he had better lie low and that any more problems would result in the tight end being cut.
After that, Hernandez rented an apartment in Franklin, Massachusetts to create distance from the North Attleborough mansion where he’d entertained the rough crowd.
In the aftermath of Hernandez’s arrest, it was revealed that he was a suspect in the murders of two other men in Boston and that he was facing a civil suit for shooting another man in the face.
The Bristol district attorney’s office announced Tuesday that Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 6 in Fall River (Mass.) Superior Court on a first-degree murder charge in the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was indicted Thursday.
Lloyd was found fatally shot June 17 near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home. Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with.