Tyler Skaggs received drugs from Angels PR official – San Bernardino Sun

October 12, 2019 in San Bernandino



Longtime Angels public relations official Eric Kay was aware of Tyler Skaggs’ drug use and supplied him with drugs shortly before he died, according to a report published on Saturday by ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Kay reportedly told the Drug Enforcement Agency that he and Skaggs had used opioids together for years, and he had watched Skaggs snort three lines of crushed opioids in the pitcher’s hotel room hours before he died July 1 in Southlake, Texas.

Kay also told DEA officials about five other players he believed were using opioids while with the Angels, according to the report.

The Angels issued a statement denying they had any knowledge of drug use by Skaggs or any other players or staff members.

“We have never heard that any employee was providing illegal narcotics to any player, or that any player was seeking illegal narcotics,” Angels President John Carpino said in the statement. “The Angels maintain a strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff. Every one of our players must also abide by the MLB Joint Drug Agreement. We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler and fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue their investigation.”

Kay had worked in Angels’ media relations department for 24 years, although he has been on administrative leave since July, shortly after Skaggs died. He is reportedly currently undergoing outpatient drug treatment.

Kay’s Irvine-based attorney, Michael Molfetta, told ESPN that he is not currently aware that Kay is the target of investigations by any of the involved law enforcement agencies. Molfetta refused comment when reached Saturday afternoon by the Southern California News Group. Kay did not respond to a message.

Kay told federal officials that two other Angels officials were aware of Skaggs’ drug use years earlier, according to ESPN. One of them was Tim Mead, the longtime vice president in charge of communications, who reportedly learned of the drug use among Skaggs and Kay in 2017.

Mead, reached by phone Saturday, declined comment. A day earlier, Mead had told ESPN he was unaware of drug use by Skaggs or Kay.

“I have had a lot of conversations with Eric Kay about a lot of things, but opioids and Tyler Skaggs were not one of them,” Mead told ESPN.

Mead had worked for the Angels for 40 years before leaving in June to become president of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in suburban Dallas just before the Angels were to begin a series against the Texas Rangers. Two months later, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office reported that Skaggs had died because he choked on his own vomit. Opioids oxycodone and fentanyl were found in his blood, along with alcohol. The Southlake Police Department and Major League Baseball have been investigating the case.



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