Buffalo Bills Matt Araiz and 2 ex-college teammates accused for gang-rape
As a punter for the Buffalo Bills, Matt Araiza exploded into the NFL scene in training camp. There were some disturbing allegations made against him on Thursday.
While a student at San Diego State University last year, the 22-year-old special teams player known as the “Punt God,” was one of three people accused of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl.
The juvenile claims that Araiza had sex with her outside of a home and then brought her to an off-campus party where she was repeatedly raped, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, which cites a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court.
The high school student who claims to have been the victim said she was in and out of consciousness during the assaults but remembers key details.
Although he has not seen the lawsuit, the NFL player’s attorney, Kerry Armstrong, told the Los Angeles Times that the charge was baseless. He claimed that his investigator had spoken to a third party who refutes the allegation.
Armstrong told the tabloid, “It’s a shakedown because he’s now with the Buffalo Bills,” It is beyond reasonable question that Matt Araiza raped that girl.
Zavier Leonard and Nowlin Ewaliko are the other two men named in the complaint. Last year, all three of those guys were on the roster for the San Diego State Aztecs football team. This year’s roster includes Leonard.
As the criminal investigation is still underway, Leonard’s attorney Jamahl Kersey has asked that no assumptions be made about his client. Marc Xavier Carlos, Ewaliko’s attorney, said nothing in response to the allegations.
There have been no arrests made in connection with the allegations. In order to assess whether or not charges would be made against the three males, San Diego Police investigators have reportedly filed their report with the San Diego County District Attorney’s office.
“We were recently made aware of a civil complaint involving Matt from October 2021. Due to the serious nature of the complaint, we conducted a thorough examination of this matter. As this is an ongoing civil case …, we will have no other comment at this point,” stated the group.