Hernandez’s former pot dealer takes stand in murder trial
(WCVB.COM) FALL RIVER, Mass. – A former friend of Aaron Hernandez testified at his murder trial about the former New England Patriots alleged use of marijuana.
Alexander Bradley testified that he supplied Hernandez with marijuana, calling Hernandez a “chain smoker” of the drug.
“He would purchase anywhere from 1 to 4 ounces of marijuana a week,” Bradley said, adding that Hernandez would sometimes “finish an ounce of marijuana in one day.”
Hernandez played for the Patriots between 2010 and 2012 and did not fail one NFL drug test in three seasons, according to the Boston Globe. The report did not indicate which drugs were included in the testing.
According to league policy, testing for “substances of abuse” only happens during the off season, between April 20 and Aug. 9. Players acquired after Aug. 9 can be tested if they have not been already.
While playing for the University of Florida Hernandez wrote a letter to the Patriots organization days before the 2010 NFL draft about his reputation for marijuana use.
“If you draft me as a member of the New England Patriots, I will willfully submit to a bi-weekly drug test throughout my rookie season (eight drug tests during the 2010 regular season). In addition, I will tie any guaranteed portion of my 2010 compensation to these drug tests and reimburse the team a pro-rata amount for any failed drug test,” Hernandez wrote in the letter that was obtained by ESPN.
In September 2014, the NFL Players Association voted to adopt the league’s new drug-policy, which increased the threshold for a positive test for marijuana from 15 ng/ml to 35 ng/ml.
Bradley, man who sued Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida, is not allowed to testify about the shooting, which happened a few months before the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the Lloyd’s killing.