Angels employee told feds he supplied Tyler Skaggs with opioids

Tanya Simon
October 14, 2019

According to ESPN, the Angels director of communications, Eric Kay, told federal officials he provided Skaggs with oxycodone and abused it with him for years and that two team officials knew of Skaggs' drug abuse before his untimely death.

Skaggs, 27, was found dead in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, on July 1 when the Angels were in town to meet the Texas Rangers.

Then, another bombshell, when in late August, autopsy reports determined that Skaggs' system contained drugs including oxycodone, alcohol, and fentanyl at the time of his death - suggesting the pitcher (pictured above, with his wife) may have been abusing opioids. He also said two team officials were told about the player's drug use before his death. Eric Kay, a 24-year employee of the Angels' PR department, told the Drug Enforcement Agency he had provided opioids to Skaggs and used them with the pitcher for years, according to the ESPN report Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

-Kay told agents he believes there were five other Angels who abused opiates.

Michael Molfetta, Kay's attorney, confirmed details of what Kay told the DEA in meetings in Los Angeles and Dallas last month, ESPN reported.

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ESPN says Kay told investigators he illegally obtained six oxycodone pills and gave three to Skaggs shortly before the team left Anaheim for its road trip to Texas. Skaggs also texted Kay the day the team left for Texas seeking more oxycodone, a request Kay told investigators he was unable to fulfill. Outside the Lines reviewed Venmo transactions alleged to have occurred between Skaggs and Kay, which show a series of payments over two years ranging from $150 to $600.

Kay is in outpatient drug treatment and is on paid leave from the team.

When he later visited him in his hotel room, he watched as the pitcher allegedly "snorted three lines of crushed opioids in front of him", two of which he thinks were opioids and the third, which he says was another substance he couldn't identity.

Asked if he was ever aware that Skaggs used opioids before his death, Mead said, "No". "We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler and fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue their investigation". While one employee remains unnamed, the other is Kay's former supervisor, ex-vice president of communications Tim Mead.

Skaggs' family also issued a statement, saying they were appreciative of the work of law enforcement, and were awaiting the final results of the investigation. "That is all I can do from this point on, if it comes with public shame and derision, I accept that".

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