Buffalo Payments Punter Matt Araiza — accused of gang-raping a 17-year-old lady whereas in faculty — has been launched by the group, the group introduced Saturday.
As TMZ Sports activities beforehand reported, 22-year-old Araiza was sued in San Diego County Superior Court docket earlier this week.
Araiza, nicknamed the “Punt God,” is accused of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl, solely recognized as “Jane Doe” within the go well with, at a Halloween celebration at his home on October 17, 2021.
The girl, who says she was inebriated upon arriving on the celebration, says Araiza gave her a drink that she later believed contained “different intoxicating substances.”
Doe claims the 2 engaged in sexual acts exterior of the punter’s residence. She says Araiza then led her inside, and threw her onto a mattress. She claims he gang raped her with two of his Aztecs teammates — Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko and Zavier Leonard — who’re additionally named as defendants within the lawsuit.
The girl claims the sexual abuse went on for about an hour and a half, earlier than the celebration was finally shut down. Within the go well with she says she “stumbled out of the room bloody and crying.”
Doe is suing Araiza, Ewaliko and Leonard for unspecified damages.
Araiza, shortly after the allegations got here to mild, adamantly denied the claims, saying … “The details of the incident should not what they’re portrayed within the lawsuit or within the press. I look ahead to rapidly setting the report straight.”
The Payments initially issued a press release saying they had been conscious of the allegations, saying they “performed a radical examination,” however could not remark additional as a result of lively go well with.
Nevertheless, after sitting Araiza (the group’s beginning P) throughout Friday evening’s preseason recreation, the Payments, a Tremendous Bowl favourite, introduced Saturday afternoon they had been parting methods with the league’s most talked about punter.
Buffalo GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott briefly met with the media, telling reporters the scenario was greater than soccer, including Matt should cope with the intense problem.
As for particularly when the group discovered or the extremely troubling allegations, Beane stated the next.
“I do know it is a query of when did we hear this or what was the timeline — late July from her consultant spoke to [Bills attorney Kathryn D’Angelo] and laid out a few of the issues that they had been accusing Matt and others of. At the moment, our course of, we tried to be thorough and considerate. Not rush to judgment, and I’d say it isn’t simple. You are making an attempt to place details round a authorized scenario, generally with restricted data. So, finally that is the place we’re at immediately with the choice.”
The person who now formally has gained the Buffalo Payments’ punter job, “Punt God” Matt Araiza: pic.twitter.com/juAe047iHp
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2022
Araiza was chosen within the sixth spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft … and lately went viral after he boomed an 82-yard punt throughout his first recreation.
Araiza has not been arrested or charged with against the law.
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