Eric Kay, director of communications for the Los Angeles Angels, told federal investigators that he supplied oxycodone to pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died July 1, and used it with him for a number of years, according to a report on ESPN.
Kay told US Drug Enforcement Administration agents that at least five other players used opiates while they were on the Angels baseball team and that two executives on the team knew about it.
Skaggs died in Southlake, TX, after choking on his vomit. The local medical examiner found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in the system of the 27-year-old.
Kay alleged that Tim Mead, former VP-communications of the Angels, knows about Skaggs’ drug use.
Mead, who is now president of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, denies any knowledge of Skaggs’ opioid abuse.
Kay, 45, is currently in outpatient treatment for substance abuse, He is on paid leave from the Angels, whom he joined as an intern in 1996.