Matt Harvey admits to using cocaine in Tyler Skaggs death trial


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Three years ago, Tyler Skagg’s death shocked Major League Baseball. But the trial of Eric Kay, the ex-Com of the Los Angeles Angelscommunications director who reportedly SoThe opioid that Skaggs used happened on the fringes of the sports media. Kay is charged with distributing opioids and causing the opioid-related death of Tyler Skaggs.

Unlike the Astros fraud scandal, however, the trial has entered its second week, but you wouldn’t know it based on the almost non-existent coverage. The closing arguments will kick in and Major League Baseball must be content with how badly this case has infiltrated the sports ecosphere, avoiding embarrassing a floundering Angels franchise that employs two of its main stars in its second-largest media market. .

On Monday, a text message was included in the interrogation of the defense of a former DEA agent alleging that… former Angels’ pitcher Matt Harvey of supplying drugs to Skaggs. Prosecutors revealed months ago that Skaggs was the go-between for Kay and several anonymous Angels players. Last week, Harvey was revealed as the prosecution’s key witness, along with the testimony of other former Los Angeles players and teammates who had been given oxycodone pills from Kay.

Harvey admitted that in addition to his alcohol abuse, he frequently used cocaine and once took oxycodone with Skaggs at Angel Stadium. However, he also testified that he was unsure whether Kay had supplied Skaggs with the drugs he had overdosed on.

c.j. Cron, who played for the Angels between 2014 and 2018, testified that he bought drugs from Kay eight times, including once as a visiting player for the Tampa Bays. Mike Morin bought oxycodone from Kay “five or six times” between 2016 and 2017. According to Morin, Skaggs referred him to Kay as someone who could give him medicine for the pain resulting from thoracic outlet syndrome.

Harvey’s confession comes as no shock to anyone who’s followed his exploits during his meteoric rise and fall on the Mets. He had a double influence as the Mets ace and a mess off the field. His partying and drinking became so serious that he was banned for three games and missed a start due to heavy drinking on Cinco de Mayo. But even the testimony of a prominent athlete (who was a mainstay in tabloid magazines for years) failed to pierce the bubble in which this case seems to operate.

Skaggs’ widow, Carli Skaggs, was also questioned on Tuesday over a text she sent her husband in which she asked him not to fall asleep without texting her. After Skaggs didn’t respond, she followed up with a text that read, “You have a drinking problem. I’m about to tell (travel secretary) Tom Taylor.’

In the stands, Carli, who is suing the Angels in a separate civil lawsuit, testified that she was unaware of Skaggs’ abuse of opioids. She added that he felt pressured to stay healthy and continue his major league career.

The defense opened its case on Wednesday, but called five witnesses before she quickly rested later in the evening.

A fifth player, Blake Parker, who last pitched for the team now known as the guards in 2021, Wednesday also took the stand for the defense. Parker’s testimony Wednesday night ended the defense’s chances of putting Kay on the podium as closing arguments begin Thursday morning.

The drug abuse testimonials that permeate the Angels’ clubhouse are more lecherous than anything that comes out of the black hole that is the MLB lockout.

It’s a stark departure from room-to-wall updates I’ve seen in previous trials of its ilk. Especially when you consider that the criminal trial also hinges on the investigation into rampant drug use in the Angels’ clubhouse, as Kay has claimed that members of the Angels’ front office were aware of opioid abuse among its players.

The silence surrounding this process has never been more apparent than in the dead zone between the NBA All-Star break and the Super Bowl. The outside world neglects the Angels organization. For once they are grateful, and we are worse off.

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