In a tragic loss earlier this summer, the Los Angeles Angels lost one of their pitchers, Tyler Skaggs, to an overdose. Both the team and the league were shocked and deeply saddened by his loss, but an Angels employee has come forward to shed some more light on the situation. The Angels employee, Eric Kay, a director of communications, noted that he had provided oxycodone to Skaggs as well as abused the substance with him.
BREAKING: Angels employee tells DEA about extensive opioid use with Tyler Skaggs, that he told two team officials about Skaggs’ abuse, and named other players as having used opioids, sources tell OTL.https://t.co/YGmF58mX7M
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) October 12, 2019
Skaggs’ toxicology report was released earlier this summer, which showed the opioids were in his system. This news brings more light to the situation making it more clear that Skaggs had an issue, and the employee, Kay, was helping facilitate the problem. Kay reached out to the DEA to make statements regarding the issue, but the Angels have claimed that they did not have any prior knowledge of the situation.
Major League Baseball has been looking into this further, but Kay has stepped forward, helping shed more light on the situation and how Skaggs could have ended up in the situation that he did. It’s a tragic situation regardless, and the baseball world continues to mourn his loss either way.