New information in the case of Tyler Skaggs’ death was reported on Saturday that provides more background on the matter and shares the role a Los Angeles Angels team employee played in the matter.
Skaggs died on July 1 while the Angels were in Texas to face the Rangers after choking on his vomit. An autopsy revealed the presence of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in the pitcher’s system. After the autopsy report was made public in late August, Skaggs’ family released a statement saying they were investigating the potential involvement of an Angels employee in Skaggs’ death.
Now we know what was going on.
According to a report published by ESPN Outside the Lines’ TJ Quinn, Eric Kay, the Angels’ director of communications, told Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he provided and abused oxycodone with Skaggs. Kay also reportedly told investigators that he knew of at least five other Angels players who were using opiates. Moreover, Kay says at least two other Angels employees knew about Skaggs’ drug use long before the pitcher’s death this year.
According to Quinn’s report, Kay was a drug hookup for Skaggs and had been obtaining them for the pitcher for at least two years. Quinn’s report says Skaggs would send Venmo payments to Kay ranging from $150-$600 for the drugs.