Buffalo Bills have released an official statement.
The Buffalo Bills confirmed on Saturday that punter Matt Araiza, who is suspected of gang-raping a 17-year-old female while in college, has been dismissed by the team. This week, a lawsuit was filed against Araiza, now 22 years old, in Superior Court in San Diego County.
Araiza, also known as the “Punt God,” is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl called “Jane Doe” on October 17, 2021, at a Halloween party he hosted at his residence.
The lady claims that Araiza provided her with a drink that she subsequently realized had “other intoxicating chemicals” and that she was already drunk when she arrived at the party. She says that after they had sex outside the punter’s house, Araiza dragged her inside and dumped her on a bed. She has filed a complaint against him and two of his Aztec colleagues, “Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko” and “Zavier Leonard,” alleging that the three of them gang raped her.
The party was broken up after the lady claimed the sexual assault had gone on for an hour and a half. She “stumbled out of the room wounded and weeping,” she claims in the lawsuit.
Araiza refuted the charges very soon after they surfaced, claiming, “The details of the encounter are not what is depicted in the complaint or the press.”
The young woman has filed a claim for damages against Araiza, Ewaliko, and Leonard. The amount wasn’t disclosed as of yet.
Araiza, who was picked by the NFL in the 6th round of the 2022 draft, made headlines for his booming 82-yard punt in his debut game.
The Buffalo Bills first released a statement acknowledging the charges and claiming they “conducted a thorough inquiry,” but they could not speak further due to the ongoing suit.
Super Bowl favorites the Buffalo Bills confirmed Saturday afternoon that they were parting ways with the league’s most talked about punter, AJ Araiza after the team’s starting P sat out Friday night’s preseason game.
Neither Araiza nor anybody else has been arrested or charged with any wrongdoing.