Angels employee told feds he supplied Tyler Skaggs with opioids

New details revealed by ESPN indicated that Angels team officials were aware of Tyler Skaggs' drug use before the pitcher's death

New details revealed by ESPN indicated that Angels team officials were aware of Tyler Skaggs' drug use before the pitcher's death

In the wake of the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs from a drug overdose, Skaggs' family issued a statement in which they suggested that an Angles' employee played some role in Skaggs' death. The autopsy results released August 30 concluded that he died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol.

Skaggs died July 1 in his hotel room in the Dallas area after choking on his vomit.

Now we know what was going on.

The Angels official said they had a "strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drug for both players and staff". Kay allegedly denied, however, and reportedly told the DEA he witnessed Skaggs inhale 3 lines.

Kay is said to have been placed on paid leave, and is also reportedly in outpatient treatment himself for substance abuse.

Kay, ESPN reports, told investigators that he routinely gave Skaggs Oxycontin - Kay would obtain it and Skaggs would reimburse him for them via Venmo transactions ESPN reviewed - and often used it with him.

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Kay reportedly illegally obtained six oxycodone pills prior to the Angels' trip to Texas and gave three of them to Skaggs. Kay did not believe the pills he provided to Skaggs were the ones the pitcher took the day he died. The reason is Skaggs typically ingested the pills immediately after receiving them from Kay and Skaggs also messaged Kay seeking more pills the day the team left for Texas. Kay recognized that two of the lines could have been crushed oxycodone, but the third was not a substance he recognized, the sources said.

Kay began abusing opioids in 1998 after the death of his father, according to Kay's mother. Kay is now on paid leave from the Angels while in a substance abuse program.

Back in July, the awful news came down that pitcher Tyler Skaggs passed away just days after pitching against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium.

According to ESPN's T.J. Quinn, a public relations employee informed federal investigators that he provided and used opioids with Skaggs.

ESPN put out the bombshell story Saturday, claiming to have spoken with sources who say that Eric Kay - the Angels' director of communications - confessed to DEA agents investigating Skaggs' death that he'd hooked him up with oxycodone for years.

This report could have damaging ramifications for the Angels organization as I'm sure Major League Baseball will be looking into this information.

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