Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed accusing Buffalo Bills rookie bettor Matt Araiza and two San Diego State football players of raping a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus party.
On Saturday, the Bills released Araiza.
“This afternoon we decided that releasing Matt Araiza was the best thing to do,” General Manager Brandon Beane said. “Our culture in Buffalo is more important than winning football games.”
The Bills were unaware of Araiza’s alleged assault when they drafted him earlier this year. However, according to reports, the team has been aware of the incident for weeks.
Buffalo released a statement on Thursday saying they “have conducted a thorough review” of the matter. Although Dan Gilleon, the prosecutor’s attorney, says the team made no attempt to contact him or his client.
Buffalo drafted Araiza in the sixth round of the 2022 draft.
The Bills currently have no other bettors on the roster. Backup quarterback Matt Barkley took on punting duties Friday night.