Report: Aaron Hernandez was heavy angel dust user

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez was a heavy angel dust user and close to being cut by Bill Belichick because of his conduct, according to a new report.

Rolling Stone did some serious investigation into the life and background of Hernandez for a story called “The Gangster in the Huddle.” In a tease to the informative story, the magazine reveals six shocking items about the former New England Patriots tight end, who has been charged with first-degree murder in one case and may be facing murder charges in another case.

According to Rolling Stone’s Paul Solotaroff, Hernandez was a heavy angel dust user and so paranoid because of the drug that he began carrying a gun everywhere.

Angel dust is the street name for PCP, which is one of the most dangerous drugs around. It can be smoked, inhaled or ingested, and can completely alter a person’s mentality, making them very aggressive and violent in some cases.

Solotaroff says Hernandez surrounded himself with gangsters and cut himself off from his family and teammates.

Hernandez reportedly infuriated Belichick by missing practices and living the thug life, and was one misstep away from being cut.

Both of Hernandez’s parents had criminal records, as did most of his extended family. Hernandez’s mother cheated on her husband with a violent drug dealer, and then married the drug dealer and moved him into their home after her husband died.

Solotaroff also says Urban Meyer may have helped cover up positive drug tests while Hernandez was in college at the University of Florida. He says Meyer may have helped cover up two violent incidents involving Hernandez, both of which have previously been reported — a 2007 shooting in Gainesville, and a bar fight in which the tight end assaulted a bouncer. We previously wrote that Florida may have paid off the bouncer in that case.

Hernandez fell in the NFL Draft because of concerns over his character and drug use. The Patriots still rewarded the talented tight end with a $40 million contract extension last August that included $12.5 million guaranteed.

Though most of this information is shocking, some of it has been slowly emerging. We shared a recent report that said Hernandez’s mother was part of an illegal gambling operation. There was another story saying that Hernandez’s mother was once stabbed by her second husband.

H/T WEEI Patriots Blog

NFLPA files grievance with Patriots over Aaron Hernandez workout bonus

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsThe NFLPA reportedly has filed a grievance with the New England Patriots over money Aaron Hernandez was owed by the team.

Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million extension with the Pats last August. The deal called for a $12.5 million signing bonus. Hernandez already collected $9.25 million from the new deal that the Pats will not be able to recoup, but the team did not pay the $82k workout bonus due Aug. 1 and will not pay the remaining $3.2 million Hernandez would be owed in March.

The Patriots cut Hernandez in July when he was implicated in the murder of Odin Lloyd. He was indicted on first-degree murder charges last week.

Teams can recover bonus money and avoid salary cap hits if a player violates the league’s personal conduct policy.

I’m guessing the NFLPA will be unsuccessful in their efforts for this one. It’s kind of hard to win cases involving alleged murderers.

Aaron Hernandez indicted in Odin Lloyd murder case

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally indicted by a grand jury in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd on Thursday. The indictment, which was reported by CBS Boston and confirmed by Fall River Superior Court, came on the same day that Hernandez was due back in an Attleboro courtroom for a probable cause hearing.

Rather than laying out the evidence investigators have collected against Hernandez to make the case that he should remain in jail without bail, Bristol County prosecutors instead officially arraigned Hernandez. Last month, a judge granted a delay after prosecutors requested more time to present evidence against the 23-year-old to a grand jury. Without an indictment, Hernandez’s attorneys would have argued for his release on Thursday.

The official indictment follows a report from earlier this week that indicated the gun that was used in a 2012 double murder was found in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn. It was reportedly uncovered in the car of a 19-year-old woman who has been arrested three times in the past year and was involved in a car crash in June. Prosecutors have been trying to make a case against Hernandez in the 2012 murders.

Aaron Hernandez’s mother was reportedly part of a ‘big-time’ gambling operation

Aaron HernandezThe more we learn about Aaron Hernandez as he awaits trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, the more we come to understand how troubled his past was. When Hernandez was 16, his father died unexpectedly following an infection that stemmed from a routine hernia surgery. Most people have pinpointed that tragic event as the moment where it all went wrong, but the roots run deeper than that.

When Hernandez was in sixth grade, his mother Terri Hernandez reportedly began taking bets for an illegal sports gambling organization. In a story about Hernandez’s past that was published in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Bob Hohler outlined some of the details regarding the gambling ring.

In 2001, Terri was arrested and charged with professional gambling for her involvement with the illegal operation. Police wiretaps allegedly intercepted her relaying several sports betting lines for games involving a number of teams, including — coincidentally — the New England Patriots. A man named Martin Hovanesian, Terri’s alleged accomplice, was convicted of felony racketeering and professional gambling.

“It was a big-time operation in a little town,’’ Hovanesian’s lawyer Williams Gerace told Hohler. “She was the phone operator, a minor player, not the brains.”

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The outcome of Terri’s case is not available under Connecticut law. That would have been five years before Hernandez’s father passed away, so it gives you an idea of the type of activity he was surrounded by at a young age.

Before you start accusing us of making excuses for Hernandez, we assure you we are not. Plenty of people come from horrible pasts without allegedly being involved in a murder later in life. But countless questions have been asked about how someone who signed a $40 million NFL contract could simply throw it all away. While Hernandez’s troubled past doesn’t excuse that, it could help explain why.

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins reportedly tried to hide evidence

Aaron HernandezIf Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins was somehow involved with what happened in the days and hours leading up to and after the night Odin Lloyd was murdered, we have yet to figure out how. Hernandez called Jenkins the day he was arrested to tell her to stop speaking with authorities. Prior to that, she told investigators that she was unfamiliar with Lloyd but began crying when she was informed he had been killed.

Jenkins likely stopped talking to police to avoid giving up information that could incriminate Hernandez, but has she gone further than that? According to the Hartford Courant, investigators recently searched a Bristol storage unit that was rented in Jenkins’ name because they believe she made “overt attempts to hide evidence … and to hinder and mislead.”

New court documents that were released on Friday included surveillance video, text messages, and an interview with Jenkins’ sister Shaneah that has led investigators to believe Shayanna may have knowledge of what happened to the murder weapon that was used to kill Lloyd. The documents also stated that Hernandez is believed to have called Jenkins the day after Lloyd’s body was found to ask her to dispose of weapons in his house.

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On June 18, the day after Lloyd’s body was found, Jenkins was reportedly seen on surveillance footage from Hernandez’s home carrying a trash bag out of the basement that contained a “rigid object” which authorities believe resembled a lock box or safe. She returned 35 minutes later and opened the trunk of her car, which allegedly showed that the trash bag was no longer there.

Shaneah Jenkins reportedly told police that she had a conversation with her uncle Azia Jenkins, during which he told her that Hernandez called Shayanna on June 18 to ask her to remove weapons from the house. Shaneah said she was told the weapons were later “disposed of in the woods.” Investigators also claim Shayanna and Hernandez exchanged cryptic texts which made mention of a box in the basement.

Jenkins has not been charged in connection with the investigation. Authorities have reportedly searched a stretch of highway and a lake in Hernandez’s hometown in an attempt to recover the murder weapon, but they have had no luck.

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H/T Deadspin

TMZ reportedly paid $18,000 for Aaron Hernandez jail letter

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez apparently thought he could trust a fan he was exchanging mail with while in prison, but he was wrong. Last week, a copy of a letter Hernandez sent to a fan proclaiming his innocence appeared on TMZ and went viral. But how did they get their hands on it?

According to CBS Boston, a sports memorabilia shop called Sportsworld in Saugus, Mass. first bought the letter from a fan for $4,500. Jail officials reportedly later confirmed the authenticity of the letter, which Sportsworld owner Phil Castinetti turned around and sold to TMZ for $18,000.

“It was kind of eerie, knowing you have a letter that Hernandez had just written,” Castinetti told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on Friday. “You read all the crazy things he’s been accused of, so it’s just a little weird.”

Prior to TMZ allegedly confirming with jail officials that the letter was authentic, Castinetti says he made sure the autograph at the bottom of the message was real.

“I’ve been in the business for almost 30 years and authenticating autographs is one of the things I do the most,” he said. “It was pretty easy; he has a distinct signature and it would be impossible for someone to copy it the way it’s done. It’s pretty easy to tell. I’m 100-percent positive it’s real.”

Castinetti’s assertion that he received $18,000 for the letter is consistent with a blog post from Barstool Sports earlier in the week. Barstool owner David Portnoy claimed the letter was offered to him for $20,000, and hours later it appeared on TMZ’s website. Castinetti said he thinks it could be worth “serious money” if Hernandez is found guilty because of the things he wrote.

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Report: Aaron Hernandez’s uncle killed in moped crash

An uncle of Aaron Hernandez was killed in a moped crash in Bristol, Conn., early Saturday morning, WFSB in Bristol reports.

49-year-old Robert Valentine was pronounced dead at the scene after being thrown from his moped during a crash. Valentine was not wearing a helmet and his head against a curb, police told WFSB.

Valentine is the brother of Hernandez’s mother, per the report.

This is the second time in a month that a relative of Hernandez has died in a crash on the road. Last month, the husband of Hernandez’s cousin died in a car crash.

What a terrible month for the Hernandez family.