Former LA Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney testified that he smoked marijuana with Tyler Skaggs and had knowledge some Angels players used opioids. When asked on the stand under cross-examination by Eric Kay’s defense team if these players did not use the normal channels of having a medical doctor prescribe them Heaney said that was a safe bet.
Heaney is signed for 2022 with the Dodgers but the dirty laundry at the trial in Texas is all Angels red.
Skaggs’ mother testified that the pitcher assured her in 2013 that he had quit a Percocet habit cold turkey.
Arte Moreno must be hoping the Olympics and the Superbowl keep this stuff on the back burner of media coverage. Under the pathetic leadership of his team president John Carpino the team communications director Eric Kay accompanied the team on the road right after he had finished a stint in rehab. Who lets a junkie near a population of road warriors with known pill issues? ESPN reported that the team’s lawyers were in attendance as were lawyers for Tyler’s mother Debbie Hetman. She is suing the Angels for negligence for letting a team employee with an opioid abuse past (and then-present) into the work environment.
Kay’s mentor Tim Mead, a paragon of MLB front office class for four decades, resigned his position as President of the Baseball Hall of Fame after about a year on the job.
How many other heads will roll? Will this gruesome negligence lead to the top? Don’t people like Moreno have “team presidents” in place to take the fall for this institutional recklessness?
Some firebrands may say Eric Kay can go to hell regardless of whether he is found guilty or innocent but life on earth will be a living hell for Arte Moreno if he has to pay out the hundred million or more that Skaggs would have earned over his lifetime. And all along the way to have his franchise’s reputation dragged thru the gutter because Tim Mead’s protege just had to get out in the field after a stay in rehab. If you’re not angry, you aren’t a fan… of the team or of competent organizational oversight.
Keep talking those Olympics, that Superbowl, hope this thing gets over fast. Nothing else has changed by the way, coulda been any franchise but it had to be the one that put the fresh rehab graduate back in the field right away, yeah it was just the bad luck of the draw that landed on the Angels and their reefer-stained dirty laundry.