Matt Araiza won’t be facing any criminal charges that he participated in a gang rape.
Back in August, the former Buffalo Bills punter was accused in a civil suit, along with two of his former teammates at San Diego State University, of raping a 17-year-old girl, who also claimed that she went in and out of consciousness during the incident.
“Ultimately, prosecutors determined it is clear the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges and there is no path to a potential criminal conviction,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement. “Prosecutors can only file charges when they ethically believe they can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
While at San Diego State, Araiza was given the nickname “Punt God” for his exceptional punting abilities, which got him selected by the Bills in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Once his allegations became public, the Bills parted ways with him.
He was accused of giving the girl a drink at a party that she claimed: “not only contained alcohol, but other intoxicating substances.” She further alleged he knew she was in still in high school and drunk, but still pressured her into oral sex before the three football players took her to a bedroom and raped her for over an hour.
His attorney, Kerry Armstrong, called the allegations a “shakedown.”
In a statement at the time, Araiza said, “The facts of the incident are not what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press. I look forward to quickly setting the record straight.”WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.