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Angels issue statement denying awareness of “illegal narcotics” distribution

The statement comes from team president John Carpino.

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Following the earlier report that surfaced on Saturday detailing Angels employees’ involvement in Tyler Skaggs’ drug abuse, the Angels released the following statement.

“We have never heard that any employee was providing illegal narcotics to any player, or that any player was seeking illegal narcotics. The Angels maintain a strict, zero-tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff. Every one of our players must also abide by the MLB Joint Drug Agreement. We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler and fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue their investigation.”

Eric Kay, the Angels’ director of communications, has been placed on paid leave by the organization.