Buffalo Bills Release ‘Punt God’ Matt Araiza After Gang-Rape Lawsuit

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Former San Diego State star punter Matt Araiza, nicknamed the “Punt God” has been released by the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN, after he was named in a gang-rape lawsuit recently.

Araiza had not been seen at practice on Saturday, and did not play in the Bills preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

Head coach Sean McDermott had previously declined to comment on the status of Ariaza’s position with the team or what he and the front office had been aware of before news of the lawsuit broke a few days ago.

McDermott did say there was “some” information he had learned about after the suit was filed.

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – JUNE 14: Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills talks during a press conference at Bills mini camp on June 14, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images)

McDermott did elaborate a bit further, saying “It’s just a matter of trying to find the truth at the end of the day, right. That’s the goal is find the truth and do the right thing. And that’s what I keep coming back to in my mind and my heart is find out the truth to the best of my ability and do the right thing.”

The lawsuit recounted some serious, disturbing assertions of conduct towards the alleged victim:

“The teen told Araiza she was a high school student and, even though he could see she was highly intoxicated, he took her outside and told her to perform oral sex, then had sex with her.

“Then Araiza took her to a bedroom where Leonard, Ewaliko and at least one other man were, the complaint alleged, and threw her down on the bed face first. The lawsuit said she was raped for an hour and a half until the party was shut down.”

Araiza had impressed early in camp, launching a massive punt during a preseason game.

While the allegations are extremely serious and concerning, it’s also a bit surprising that the team made the decision to release him before the process plays out.

Maybe they have more damaging information about his conduct than has been publicly revealed.

Until there’s more news of how the suit is officially decided, it seems unlikely any other team will be interested in picking up Araiza.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC


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