The Patriots wrap up the preseason Thursday night by hosting the Giants, and second-round bust Ras-I Dowling was finally released Wednesday, but those stories were overshadowed by the Aaron Hernandez saga after Rolling Stone magazine released a supposed bombshell of an expose Wednesday titled, “Gangster in the Huddle.”
The piece, written by Paul Solotaroff with Herald columnist Ron Borges, does a thorough job of recounting Hernandez’s sordid past, and provides several interesting revelations about Hernandez, Bill Belichick, and some of the events surrounding Odin Lloyd’s murder. The piece doesn’t hold back — not with the cover illustration of a blood-splattered Hernandez, or with the finger-pointing at Robert Kraft and Belichick for turning a blind eye toward Hernandez’s behavior.
But the story also is filled with sensationalism, hearsay, convenient fact-bending, and even one blatant falsity. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.