The NFL title as ‘Punt God’ will need to be put on hold for now.
A civil lawsuit filed Thursday in state court accuses three San Diego State University football players as well as Bills Punter Matt Araiza of gang-raping a minor last year at an off-campus party.
The 22-year-old Araiza was accused of having sex with the minor outside the home and then bringing her inside to a room where she was repeatedly raped.
Via the report:
“The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, alleges the then-high school senior went in and out of consciousness but remembers moments as the men took turns assaulting her.
The other men named in the complaint are Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko. Leonard is listed on the university’s fall football roster as a redshirt freshman. Ewaliko was on the team last year as a freshman but is not on the current roster.”
Araiza’s lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, said the rape accusation false.
“It’s a shakedown because he’s now with the Buffalo Bills,” Armstrong said. “There is no doubt in my mind that Matt Araiza ever raped that girl.”
No arrests have been made and San Diego police have not publicly identified any suspects.
Earlier this week, Araiza won the starting punting job for the Bills after the team released veteran punter Matt Haack.