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‘Rolling Stone’ article says Hernandez used PCP, feared for life

Former New England Patriots NFL football tight end Aaron Hernandez is led out of a van as he arrives for his probable cause hearing at Attleboro District Court, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. A judge rescheduled the probable cause hearing for Aug. 22, after considering defense objections to a delay. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

Former New England Patriots NFL football tight end Aaron Hernandez is led out of a van as he arrives for his probable cause hearing at Attleboro District Court, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. A judge rescheduled the probable cause hearing for Aug. 22, after considering defense objections to a delay. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

A story in Rolling Stone magazine has brought to light new information about former tight end Aaron Hernandez, stating that the ex-Patriot, who has been charged with murder, was a drug user who had grown increasingly paranoid during the end of his time with the team.

According to the story, Hernandez used PCP regularly and smoked marijuana after games, and had begun carrying a gun with him often. The story also said that Hernandez went to Coach Bill Belichick during the Combine in February and confessed that he feared his life was in danger. According to the article, Belichick instructed for him to lie low and avoid further problems, and that any more issues would result in the tight end getting cut.

Odin Lloyd was found dead June 17, and Hernandez was arrested and charged with the crime June 26.

The article was written by Paul Solotaroff, with Boston Herald writer Ron Borges, and cited longtime friends and associates of Hernandez.

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