The New England Patriots were, according to a new story, growing increasingly frustrated with Aaron Hernandez. (Elise Amendola / AP)

The New England Patriots may have given tight end Aaron Hernandez a big contract a year ago, but shortly before he was arrested on murder and gun charges in June, the team was ready to cut him because over “missed practices and thug-life stunts,” Rolling Stone reports.

According to a synposis of the story, entitled “The Gangster in the Huddle,” editor Paul Solotaroff writes that Hernandez was so paranoid from using the drug PCP (angel dust) that he carried a gun nearly all the time and, according to a synposis of the story on the website, “he surrounded himself with a cohort of gangsters, and cut himself off from his family and teammates.”

Coach Bill Belichick was so “infuriated” when Hernandez missed practices that he was “one misstep from being cut.” The story, not yet available on the Rolling Stone website, suggests that Hernandez’s increasingly dangerous behavior may have resulted from his troubled upbringing. Both parents, Solotaroff writes, had criminal records, as do many members of his extended family.

The Patriots had no comment on the story for Boston media Tuesday night.

Hernandez is being held without bond in a Massachusetts jail as he awaits trial on a first-degree murder charge stemming from the June 17 shooting death of semipro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has entered a plea of not guilty and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 6, the day after the NFL season opener.

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