Ex-Angels employee Eric Kay charged with distributing fentanyl to Tyler Skaggs

Andrew Cummings
August 9, 2020

A makeshift memorial is set up in front of Angels Stadium for Tyler Skaggs.

The complaint also alleges that Skaggs and Kay had "a history of narcotic transactions", including "several exchanges" in which Kay gave Skaggs oxycodone pills.

It was also determined that "but for the fentanyl in [Skaggs'] system, [Skaggs] would not have died", according to an affidavit.

Kay allegedly told a colleague he visited Skaggs in his hotel room the night of his death after originally telling law enforcement he hadn't seen Skaggs since hotel check-in earlier that day.


"The family is deeply heartbroken to learn that Tyler would be alive today were it not for a pill containing fentanyl that was provided by the Director of Communications of the Angels", Hardin said.

When he was first interviewed by DEA agents, Kay denied knowing where Skaggs used drugs, prosecutors said. He said his client traveled from California to Texas to surrender himself to authorities and "will patiently wait for his opportunity to make his story known".

"The court room is the best and only place to litigate this matter", Molfetta said. Kay, 45, was arrested in Fort Worth and could face up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted. "Our defense team is working diligently to bring the truth to light".

"That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much". "Additionally, in order to comprehensively understand the circumstances that led to his death, we hired a former federal prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation".


The Angels said in a statement Friday that after conducting their own investigation into Skaggs' death, the organization "learned that there was unacceptable behavior inconsistent with our code of conduct, and we took steps to address it".

The Angels released a statement in response to the charge against their former employee. "We note that the Angels say they commissioned an independent investigation that concluded no one in management was aware that a team employee was supplying illegal drugs to Tyler".

According to USA media reports, Kay turned himself in to authorities today (AEDT) as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues its investigation.


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