Kay is now officially declared guilty for distributing fentanyl to Skaggs and causing Skaggs' death.
Skaggs tragically passed during an Angels road trip in 2019, after suffocating on his own vomit. He had oxycodone, fentanyl, and grain alcohol in his system. Kay had admitted later in 2019 that he and Skaggs used to abuse oxycodone together on a frequent basis.
Five other players came out recently; admitting that they received pills from Kay as well, and C.J. Cron even admitted to receiving them from Kay even after his playing days with the Angels. Matt Harvey even faces a 60-game suspension for his admissions to abusing pills with Skaggs and Kay.
Eric Kay tried to prove that former Angel Tyler Skaggs could've received the pills he took on the day he passed from someone else.
Eric Kay had been saying for a long time that he did not believe that he gave the drugs to Tyler Skaggs on the day that he passed. The defense in 'U.S. v Eric Kay' was also attempting to prove that the drugs were not technically what killed Skaggs due to grain alcohol also being found in his system, and the fact that he technically did not overdose, but rather asphyxiate on his vomit.
Many former Angels players came forward to testify about the situation, whether they abused the drugs in any capacity or not. The jury came to their final decision on Thursday afternoon.
Kay faces a minimum of 20 years in prison. His sentencing is set for June 28th of this year. Hopefully, Skaggs' tragic death and this long and tough case will encourage more ballplayers who abuse drugs to seek help in order to prevent more tragedies from occurring in the future.