Former Los Angeles Angels employee Eric Kay was indicted for distributing fentanyl in connection with the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Court documents filed by federal authorities say Kay supplied Skaggs with fentanyl — a synthetic opioid —on the night of Skaggs’ death. Skaggs, 27, died in July 2019. A medical examiner determined Skaggs died due to “alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,” according to the Times.
It was also determined that “but for the fentanyl in [Skaggs’] system, [Skaggs] would not have died,” according to an affidavit.
Kay worked as a member of the Angels’ media relations department for 24 years. In October, Kay said he was working with law enforcement because it was the “right thing to do,” according to ESPN. During a meeting with DEA agents, Kay says he told them two other team employees knew of Skaggs’ opioid use. Kay also reportedly gave DEA agents the names of five other Angels players Kay believed were also using opioids.
Court documents also say Kay distributed pills to Skaggs and others “in their place of employment and while they were working.”
Key paragraph in court documents regarding Eric Kay and Tyler Skaggs: Kay allegedly distributed pills to Skaggs and others "in their place of employment and while they were working." pic.twitter.com/BXaiqqsriF
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) August 7, 2020
Angels issue statement denying team knew about Tyler Skaggs’ opioid use
Throughout the investigation, the Angels have denied other employees were aware Skaggs was using opioids. The team once again pushed that message Friday, saying an internal investigation revealed “no one in management was aware” Kay was giving opioids to players or that Skaggs was using opioids.
Statement regarding the recent developments in the Tyler Skaggs investigation: pic.twitter.com/fI0b3i3pba
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 7, 2020
The Angels also stated the team has fully cooperated with law enforcement and MLB.
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