Matt Harvey, a veteran pitcher who has a contract with the Baltimore Orioles, was suspended by Major League Baseball for 60 games on Tuesday for distributing illicit drugs.
Harvey, once a Metz ace who led the team to the 2015 World Series, has openly discussed his drug use during the trial of Eric Kay, a former Los Angeles Angel employee who pleaded guilty to two counts of his role. In the death of the team pitcher Tyler Skags. Skaggs, a teammate of Harvey’s on the Angels in 2019, was found dead at the age of 27 in Texas after taking an overdose of drugs, including fentanyl, in a hotel room.
During Kay’s trial, in which Harvey and several former teammates openly discussed drug use among the Angels players, Harvey, 33, said cocaine was his choice, but he began using the opioid Percocet in the 2019 season. He said he shared part of the percussion with Skags. Federal prosecutors said Skags was killed by a fentanyl supplied by Kay and not a percocet given by Harvey.
Kay’s lawyers, who argued that the drugs supplied by Harvey could have been what killed Skags, asked Harvey if he had ever asked his teammate to be careful about drug use.
“I look back, I wish I had,” Harvey said. In baseball you do everything you can to stay on the field. At the time, I felt like as a teammate, I was just helping him get what he needed.
In a statement to the MLB on Harvey’s punishment, the League said Harvey had violated the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by distributing the drug abuse and that the suspension was valid until 29 April. Will receive $ 1 million this season if the team is included in the 40-man list. He has not played in any game this season, big or small.
In February, in Fort Worth, Jury Kay, the former director of Angels Communications, pleaded guilty to spreading controlled substance in conspiracy and spreading controlled substance in conspiracy, resulting in death and serious bodily harm. He faces up to 20 years and life in prison and will be released on June 28.