Angels employee supplied late Tyler Skaggs with opioids

Report: Angels employee Eric Kay provided, did drugs with Tyler Skaggs

Report: Angels employee Eric Kay provided, did drugs with Tyler Skaggs

ESPN's Outside the Lines reports that an employee of the Los Angeles Angels told the Drug Enforcement Agency that he supplied Skaggs with opioids. Kay's mother told Quinn she saw the texts from Skaggs and informed Mead.

Kay, the team's director of communications, also said two team officials were told about the player's drug use long before his death, sources familiar with the investigation told ESPN.

According to ESPN's report, Kay gave statements to the DEA agents in late September and is now in substance abuse treatment, and has struggled with it for some time.

A rep for the Angels denied knowledge of any of that, saying in part.

Kay, who ESPN reported had been in drug rehab treatment twice this year, took a leave of absence from the club prior to the August 30 release of an autopsy report that showed Skaggs had oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol in his body at the time of his death.

Tyler Skaggs snorted several lines of Oxycodone in the hours leading up to his tragic death, this according the Angels employee who supplied the prescription pills to the star pitcher. ESPN obtained screenshots of Venmo transactions between Skaggs and Kay over the course of two years for amounts between $150 and $600.

At the time of his death, Skaggs family issued a statement saying, "We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of risky drugs and alcohol".

ESPN said Kay's attorney, Michael Molfetta, confirmed the details of his client's statements that were given in separate meetings with DEA agents in Dallas and Los Angeles in late September.

Skaggs died on July 1 while the Angels were in Texas to face the Rangers after choking on his vomit.

Kay was hospitalized in April for a drug overdose and reportedly was messaged by Skaggs at the time, who was seeking drugs.

Asked if he was ever aware that Skaggs used opioids before his death, Mead said, "No". Kay reportedly said he gave Skaggs three oxycodone pills a day or two before the Angels headed to Texas on their road trip, but he doesn't believe those were the drugs Skaggs used the day he died because the pitcher would normally take them right away.

Kay also reportedly told investigators the pitcher did lines of oxycodone in front of him on the night of his death.

In addition to the DEA, the Southlake Police Department and Major League Baseball have been investigating Skaggs' death.

Kay has been on administrative leave from the Angels since July, and ESPN reported he is undergoing outpatient drug treatment.

Mead, who left the Angels in June to assume a position at baseball's Hall of Fame, denied knowledge of the texts. "MLB will fully cooperate with the government investigation and conduct its own investigation when the government investigation is completed". "They greatly appreciate the work that law enforcement is doing, and are patiently awaiting the results of the investigation", the statement read.

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