Angels Deny Allegations That They Were Aware of Tyler Skaggs Opioid Use Before Tragic Death

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 12:  Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

After a bombshell report was released that alleged members of the Los Angeles Angels organization knew about Tyler Skaggs' opioid abuse that led to his tragic death, it was only a matter of time until they released a statement of their own.

Angels president John Carpino issued a statement that denies they were ever aware of Skaggs' drug abuse, or any other player that was on the team.

Carpino continued in his statement that the Angels, just like every other organization, has a "strict, zero-tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff."

This is unlikely to be the end of the questions lobbed the Angels' way, as the ESPN report revealed some very disturbing allegations against the organization, including the alleged idea that several other players had substance abuse problems as well.

For now, we must stress that there are no established facts in this case, despite the detailed reporting by ESPN and potentially the DEA. For now, the Angels maintain their innocence and mourn the death of a talented pitcher, and we can only hope this is all sorted out in time.