"We have never heard that any employee was providing illegal narcotics to any player, or that any player was seeking illegal narcotics", said Angels president John Carpino in a statement in response to ESPN's report. An autopsy revealed the presence of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in the pitcher's system.
Kay told DEA investigators that hours before Skaggs' death in July, Skaggs was in his Southlake Hilton hotel room and texted Kay to visit him, according to a source familiar with what Kay told the DEA.
Now we know what was going on. "The Angels maintain a strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff".
According to the report, Kay told investigators during interviews in Dallas and Los Angeles in late September that he illegally obtained six oxycodone pills and gave half to Skaggs in the days leading to the Angels' trip to play the Rangers.
-Kay told agents he believes there were five other Angels who abused opiates.
Kay also said he received a text from Skaggs on June 30, the day they departed for Arlington, looking for more pills. Kay did not believe the pills he provided to Skaggs were the ones the pitcher took the day he died.
-Two other club officials - former vice president of communications Tim Mead and another unnamed official - were aware Skaggs and Kay abused oxycodone together.
ESPN was told by Kay's mother that he started abusing opioids in the late 1990s, after the death of his father.
Eric Kay is now in outpatient treatment for substance abuse and has been placed on paid leave from the Angels. Kay says he told Mead about Skaggs' use as early as 2017. Kay is now on paid leave from the Angels while in a substance abuse program.
Kay was hospitalized in April for a drug overdose and reportedly was messaged by Skaggs at the time, who was seeking drugs.
ESPN put out the bombshell story Saturday, claiming to have spoken with sources who say that Eric Kay - the Angels' director of communications - confessed to DEA agents investigating Skaggs' death that he'd hooked him up with oxycodone for years.
According to ESPN's T.J. Quinn, a public relations employee informed federal investigators that he provided and used opioids with Skaggs.
Major League Baseball teams officials are required to report any knowledge of drug use by a player to the commissioner's office immediately.