Those still wondering why Patriot's star tight end Aaron Hernandez and his number 81 jersey were dropped by his NFL team the minute he was suspected of killing buddy Odin Lloyd, need not wonder anymore:
Well before his murder arrest, team heads had already given the out-of-control pro footballer a final warning that he'd be fired soon or traded if he didn't clean up his act.
The many infractions which had the Patriots so disgusted that they were willing to part with an almost unbeatable player worth a 40-million-dollar contract not only involved his failure to show up for practices, but the down and out, bottom-feeding thugs he constantly insisted on associating with.
Thugs who all but spoon fed Aaron Hernandez the type of drug long known to lead to episodic violence in habitual users and intense bouts of psychosis: Angel Dust.
Former friends who the now-jailed athlete alienated during his years' long binge with Dust revealed to Rolling Stone Magazine this week that they weren't surprised by Hernandez's ugly downfall because, "He’s been twisted on Dust now for more than a year, which is when all of this crazy shit started."
"Aaron's out of his mind."
Revelations like those might otherwise seem incredible, but they're more than supported by the Patriot's own tally of their once-celebrated tight end's nonstop offending, and in fact strongly hinted at even before they signed him on.
It's not clear if Angel Dust is a substance pro sports teams test for, but it first made its violent debut in the 1970s and is reportedly on the resurgence this decade. Particularly in Bristol Connecticut where Hernandez and most of his lowlife gangster pals hail from or hide out.
Dust is infamous for causing extremely paranoid thinking in addicts as well as Sudden Rage Syndrome, two elements which played a prominent role in the bizarre and shockingly stupid murder of Hernandez's close friend Odin Lloyd in June this year.
Dumber still, was leaving Lloyd's bullet-riddled body and cellphone in an industrial park situated less than a mile from the 23-year-old ex-Patriot's mansion; both drug-induced blunders serving to lead investigators on a veritable breadcrumb-trail to psychokiller Hernandez and his cohorts.
In recent years, the Dust-addled athlete is believed to have orchestrated more than a half-dozen similar episodes in which, through mounting paranoia and rage, he targeted his friends and others he quarreled with for death.
And, indeed, many of those spontaneous shootings did result in murder.