Buffalo Bills Cuts Rookie Punter Matt Araiza Over Gang Rape Allegations

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Buffalo Bills rookie punter Matt Araiza has been cut loose of the team just days after horrific rape allegations against him surfaced.

The team made the news late Saturday, just two days after a civil lawsuit was filed alleging that Araiza, along with two of his former San Diego State University teammates, raped a 17-year-old high school student at a location outside. the campus. Halloween party last year.

“This afternoon we decided that releasing Matt Araiza was the best thing to do. Our culture in Buffalo is more important than winning football games,” General Manager Brandon Beane said in a statement pronunciation shared by the team’s official Twitter account.

The decision comes after the team initially appeared to support Araiza after news of the civil lawsuit broke, with head coach Sean McDermott saying at a press conference on Friday that the team had “conducted a thorough investigation” into the matter.

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But in the wake of the allegations, Araiza didn’t take the field in Friday night’s final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, instead giving a brief statement while backup quarterback Matt Barkley performed punting duties.

“The facts of the incident are not what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press. I look forward to setting the record straight soon,” Araiza said in a pronunciation published by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

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Araiza was also absent from practice on Saturday after traveling back to Buffalo, New York, according to ESPN.

An attorney for the NFL star has denied the charges against him, describing them as part of a “shakedown.”

According to the lawsuit, filed in the San Diego County Superior Court, Araiza and his teammates are charged with gang rape of a then 17-year-old who had been cheated on with a drink that “contained not only alcohol, but other intoxicating substances.”

The lawsuit specifically pointed out Araiza for allegedly leading the teen into a room where other men had waited and who then “take turns raping her for an hour and a half” as she slipped in and out of consciousness.

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The lawsuit also alleges that Araiza later urged the teen to get tested for chlamydia in a recorded phone call with police help.

Dan Gilleon, an attorney for the prosecution, who has not been identified by name, posted images to Twitter that he said were diary entries the teen wrote a day after the alleged attack.

“I remember being led to a room where they were all already waiting,” she wrote in one message, according to Gilleon.

“I was bloody after. BLOODY. What the hell have they done to me there?’ read one of the alleged diary entries.

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