Angels employee told DEA that franchise knew about Tyler Skaggs' drug use
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An employee for the Los Angeles Angels reportedly informed the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that multiple team officials were aware of pitcher Tyler Skaggs' drug use before his death, and provided information about other players who used opiates.

ESPN reported that the Angels' director of communications, Eric Kay, told investigators that he supplied Skaggs with drugs and used them with him on at least one occasion, statements that were confirmed by Kay's attorney.

Kay also told investigators that two team officials were aware of Skaggs' drug use, and provided the names of five current players he believes to be using opiates, according to ESPN.


Both officials have reportedly denied the accusations, and a team spokesperson denied that the Angels knew of Skaggs' drug use before his death on Saturday.

"We are shocked to hear these reports. ... We had no prior knowledge of Tyler or any other member of the Angels organization having abused opioids or any narcotic and continue to work with law enforcement to get answers," the spokesperson told ESPN.

One of the officials, former Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead, denied ever speaking about drugs or Skaggs with Kay before leaving the organization for his current post as head of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"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.

Kay added to ESPN and investigators that he supplied with Skaggs with Oxycontin pills he had illegally obtained just days before his death, but believes that Skaggs purchased more drugs containing fentanyl, which was found in his system, before his death.

Skaggs was discovered dead by opiate overdose in a Texas hotel room earlier this year. His family released a statement Saturday to the network, telling ESPN that they continued to hold faith in the DEA investigation into their son's death.

"The Skaggs family continues to mourn the loss of a beloved son, brother, husband and son-in-law. They greatly appreciate the work that law enforcement is doing, and they are patiently awaiting the results of the investigation," said a family attorney.