Aaron Hernandez was a heavy drug user during his days with the New England Patriots, and his behavior angered coach Bill Belichick, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
In story excerpts posted Tuesday night on rollingstone.com, Hernandez was portrayed as a frequent user of angel dust who often carried a gun. Hernandez is jailed in Massachusetts while facing a first-degree murder charge over the June 17 slaying of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
According to the Rolling Stone piece, Hernandez missed practices, angering Belichick and leaving the tight end close to being cut from the team.
The article also alleges that Hernandez's coach at the University of Florida, Urban Meyer, might have assisted in covering up failed drug tests, an assault and a drive-by shootout.
The story broke one day after the NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf, attempting to collect $82,000 in workout bonuses from Hernandez's terminated contract.