Bill’s punter Matt Araiza, who became known as the “Punt God” in college, has been accused of gang raping a 17-year-old girl in 2021.
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That bills just named rookie Matt Araiza her starting punter. Now the suspected skeletons in his closet are putting his future in question.
A civil lawsuit was filed against Araiza in San Diego County Superior Court on Thursday, alleging that he and two San Diego State teammates gang raped a 17-year-old girl in October 2021. Current SDSU player Zavier Leonard and former SDSU player Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko were also named in the complaint.
The Los Angeles Times ran the story with details of the allegation, including Araiza “having sex with the minor outside the home and then taking her to a room where she was repeatedly raped.”
There is an open police investigation into the matter. The Times reported that “Detectives recently filed their investigations with the San Diego County Attorney’s Office to determine whether charges should be filed.”
The university also recently launched a Title IX investigation.
Araiza’s attorney told the Times the civil lawsuit was a “shakedown” and that there were witnesses who contradicted the allegations.
Bill’s punter Matt Araiza is facing serious gang rape allegations
The Bills, who selected Araiza in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, released a statement:
“We were recently made aware of a civil lawsuit involving Matt in October 2021. Due to the seriousness of the complaint, we have thoroughly investigated this matter. As this is an ongoing civil proceeding, we will not comment further at this point.”
Araiza won the Ray Guy Award for Best Player in College Football in 2021, just months after the alleged rape. He’s been a social media darling throughout the fall, with his title “Punt God” accompanying highlights of his incredible reach and power.
So it came as a surprise when the Ravens snapped up Penn State’s Jordan Stout in the fourth round and the Bucs grabbed Georgia’s Jake Camarda just a few picks later. Now we have a better idea of why these teams didn’t pay attention to Araiza.
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