The Buffalo Bills said Saturday they would release punter Matt Araiza from the team, two days after a civil lawsuit accused him and two other former San Diego State University football players of gang raping a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus party last year. .
Araiza, 22, whose powerful and precise kicks earned him the nickname “Point God” in college, was charged with bringing the teen into a room during the party where she was repeatedly raped.
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, alleges that the then high school went in and out of consciousness, but recalls moments when the men took turns attacking her.
The Times reported on the allegations on Thursday.
The other men named in the indictment are Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko. Leonard was previously on the university’s fall football roster as a freshman in the red shirt, but the university said in a statement Saturday that he is no longer on the team. Ewaliko was on the team as a freshman last year, but is not on the current roster.
In an interview with The Times on Thursday, Araiza’s lawyer Kerry Armstrong said he had not reviewed the complaint but called the rape allegation false.
He said his investigator has spoken with witnesses from the party who contradict the charges against Araiza.
“It’s a shakedown because he’s with the Buffalo Bills now,” Armstrong said, adding, “I have no doubt” that Araiza did not rape the teen.