Co-author Borges on Rolling Stone Hernandez story

Co-author Borges on Rolling Stone Hernandez story
August 28, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Ron Borges of the Boston Herald, co-author of the explosive Aaron Hernandez article released in Rolling Stone Magazine, gives his personal insight on some of the most eye-opening portions of the story to Michael Felger and Gary Tanguay on "Uno's Sports Tonight."

Borges said he's known co-author, Rolling Stone contributing editor Paul Solotaroff, for a long time and joined him in putting together the story after Soltaroff approached him in June, after Hernandez's arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Among the revelations in the story:

*Hernandez was a heavy user of angel dust, and had become so paranoid over the last year that he carried a gun wherever he went.

*Hernandez surrounded himself with a cohort of gangsters, and cut himself off from his family and teammates."

*He flew to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this past February where Bill Belichick was, where he told him he thought his life was in danger.

*Belichick told Hernandez to rent a safe house away from his North Attleboro, Mass., home for a while to lay low. The safe house later became known as the infamous "flophouse" that police raided in Franklin, Mass., that was filled with ammunition and drug paraphenelia.

*Belichick became angry at Hernandez's off-field missteps well before the Lloyd murder and he threatened to trade or cut Hernandez at the end of the 2013 season if Hernandez didn't shape up.

As for Patriots owner Bob Kraft's claim that the team was duped by Hernandez and had no idea his behavior had gotten so out of hand, the article refers to that as "arrant nonsense."

Still, Borges told Felger and Tanguay that it's "very possible he [Kraft] didn't know [about the extent of Hernandez's behavior and associations]. ...It's very likely he wasn't aware."

After Hernandez flew to the NFL Combine, Tanguay said the coach should have "picked up the phone and called NFL Security."

However, Borges said, "This stuff happens a lot more than you think -- not ending up in the tragic way this one did -- but this kind of stuff happens [with players] all the time."

So, should Belichick be criticized for not doing more?

"In my opinion, Belichick didn't do anything untoward or bears any reponsibility beyond what he did," Borges said. "Frankly, he's trying to protect the company's investment, which is his job."

Felger brought up the article's point that Patriots security might have suffered since former Massachusetts state trooper Frank Mendes left as the team's chief of security. He was replaced by Mark Briggs, a stadium security expert from England.

Borges said he spoke to people in law enforcement who told him that "Since Frank Mendes left, they didn't think the place wasn't as open to hearing 'Hey, watch out for this guy.' "