NFL punter Matt Araiza released from Buffalo Bills amid sexual assault allegations in San Diego

The Buffalo Bills announced on Saturday that they were releasing punter Matt Araiza from the team, two days after a civil lawsuit charged him and two other former San Diego State University football players. , of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl last year at a campus off-party.

Araiza, 22, whose powerful and precise kicks in college earned her the nickname ‘Punt God’, has been accused of bringing the teenager into a room during the party where she was raped at many times.

The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, alleges the then-high school student walked in and lost consciousness, but recalled times when the men took turns assaulting her.

The Times reported on the allegations on Thursday.

The other men named in the complaint are Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko. Leonard was previously on the university’s fall football roster as a redshirt rookie, but the university said in a statement Saturday that he is no longer on the team. Ewaliko was in the squad last year as a rookie but is not on the current roster.

In an interview with The Times on Thursday, Araiza’s attorney, Kerry Armstrong, said he did not review the complaint but called the rape accusation false.

He said his investigator spoke to party witnesses who contradicted the allegations against Araiza.

“It’s a shakedown because he’s now with the Buffalo Bills,” Armstrong said, adding, “There’s no doubt in my mind” that Araiza didn’t rape the teenager.


Los Angeles Times

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