Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza was the talk of the preseason with his booming punt, but now he is the talk for a very different and disturbing reason.
Araiza has been accused of having partaken in the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in October 2021 while he was a student at San Diego State the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.
Araiza, who was picked in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, was accused of having sex with the 17-year-old girl outside of the home. She was then brought inside a room where she allegedly was repeatedly raped.
The Bills have responded to the allegations and confirmed that they conducted an examination of the matter.
“We were recently made aware of a civil complaint involving Matt from October 2021. Due to the serious nature of the complaint, we conducted a thorough examination of this matter. As this is an ongoing civil case legal, we will have no other comment at this point,” the statement read.
Araiza, who was just given the Bills’ punting job earlier in the week after he won a competition with Matt Haack, was named in a civil lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court along with former teammates Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko.
The Times reported that San Diego State knew of the situation and it decided not to alert the campus community and did not launch its own investigation until May 2022.