On July 1, Skaggs was found dead in a Southlake, Texas, hotel room, just two days after he pitched for the team at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. He had oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol in his system, and he asphyxiated on his own vomit, according to an autopsy released August 30. Apparently, Kay admitted that two Angels officials were made aware of Skaggs' drug use "long before his death", and provided Drug Enforcement Administration agents with the names of five other players who he believed were using opiates while they were Angels.
The Angels official said they had a "strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drug for both players and staff".
Kay reportedly told investigators that he gave Skaggs three oxycodone tablets before the Angels traveled to Texas and that Skaggs sought more on the road, but Kay couldn't provide them. Skaggs also texted Kay the day the team left for Texas seeking more oxycodone, a request Kay told investigators he was unable to fulfill, the sources said. Kay told the DEA all of this during two interviews in late September.
Mead told ESPN he was unaware of Skaggs' drug use.
The Post's source for the report was ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program. 2 he allegedly recognized as possible oxycodone, and a third line consisting of a substance he did not recognize.
-Two other club officials - former vice president of communications Tim Mead and another unnamed official - were aware Skaggs and Kay abused oxycodone together. Kay's mother told Quinn she saw the texts from Skaggs and informed Mead.
"We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler and fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue their investigation", the statement read.
Kay has been on administrative leave from the Angels since July, and ESPN reported he is undergoing outpatient drug treatment.
Skaggs' family also issued a statement, saying they were appreciative of the work of law enforcement, and were awaiting the final results of the investigation.
The tragic passing of Angels pitcherTyler Skaggs cast a pall over much of the 2019 Major League Baseball season, as fans, teammates, and team employees struggled to make sense of the promising player's untimely end. But he did address the national attention that Saturday's news brought to his role in Skaggs' life: "Watching and reading the sordid details of my own weaknesses unfold on the national stage has been nothing short of awful. That is all I can do from this point on, if it comes with public shame and derision, I accept that".