SJ - August 8, 2020
Former Angels employee Eric Kay has been charged with distributing fentanyl in connection with the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs last July. The longtime member of the Angels' media relations department had a history of providing the 27-year-old and others with narcotics.
Skaggs died on July 1st, 2019 prior to a road game against the Texas Rangers. His autopsy revealed that he had a mixture of drugs and alcohol in his system that caused his death, including fentanyl provided by Kay.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Former Angels employee Eric Kay has been charged by federal authorities in Texas with distributing fentanyl in connection with the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
An affidavit in support of the criminal complaint against Kay filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth said the longtime member of the Angels’ media relations department and Skaggs had a “history of narcotic transactions” and that Kay would “distribute these pills to [Skaggs] and others in their place of employment and while they were working.”
Kay, 45, was arrested and made his first court appearance Friday at the Mahon Federal Courthouse in Fort Worth. They also unsealed the complaint against him that had been filed last week.
Talk about a fucked up situation. Front office personnel shouldn't be providing players with drugs. What a scumbag.