Angels134 posted the following as a comment today:
“LA Times reports that Tyler Skaggs’ widow and parents filed lawsuits in California and Texas against the team, Tim Mead, then Communications VP, and Eric Kay, the former communications director and the actual man who went out and bought the actual drugs and provided them to Tyler Skaggs. Kay faces trial for dealing the drugs, and if he has any money I bet it’s going to his lawyer. That leaves his former boss and the especially the Angels as the only wealth in this moneyball game to get something out of this tragedy. For this decades-long twelve-stepper, the allocation of accountability is astonishing. First, the actual people who were closely involved in this man’s life were clueless about his habits? They took no steps to help him? Look a little closer to home before you spread the blame. Secondly, my recovery has led me to take personal responsibility for my addictions and the consequences of my actions. It ain’t anybody else’s fault. I’m really disappointed in this action. I hope it goes nowhere.”
This covered most of my thoughts on the matter really well. I especially appreciated the part about how family members really should have known something was wrong with Skaggs, particularly as the two lawsuits say Mead and the Angels knew or should have known it.
I also couldn’t help noticing the deadline for filing suit is two years from the date of Skaggs’ death—which is Thursday. I’m no lawyer, and it’s always seemed weird to me how often suits like these do get filed at the last minute. Were there negotiations that broke down? Is it just theatrics?
One thing I’m relatively certain of is that the suits are eventually settled. A trial will air Skaggs family dirty laundry as well as Angels dirty laundry. Both sides should be motivated to avoid that.
Referencing the possibility of dirty laundry being aired, it’s pretty clear it will happen if this goes to trial based on this ESPN article: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31738361/tyler-skaggs-family-lawsuits-los-angeles-angels-get-really-ugly