NFL punter Matt Araiza released from Buffalo Bills amid sex assault allegation in San Diego
The Buffalo Bills said Saturday they will charge him and two other former officials in a civil lawsuit. San Diego State University The football player who gang-raped a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus party last year.
Araiza, 22, whose powerful and accurate kicks during college earned him the nickname “Punt God”, is accused of taking the teen into a room during a party where she was raped multiple times.
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, said the high school student at the time was unconscious but remembered the moment the men took turns beating her.
The Times reported the allegations on Thursday.
Others named in the complaint are Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko. Leonard was previously listed as a redshirt freshman on the college’s fall football roster, but the university said in a statement Saturday that he was no longer on the team. Ewaliko joined the team as a freshman last year but is not on the current roster.
Araiza’s lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, told The Times on Thursday that he had not reviewed the complaint but said the rape allegations were false.
He said his investigators spoke to witnesses from the party who contradicted the allegations against Araiza.
“It’s an adjustment because he’s on the Buffalo Bills now,” Armstrong said, adding that “there’s no question” that Alaizha did not rape the teen.