Matt Araiza will not punt for Buffalo Payments in preseason finale vs. Carolina Panthers


Buffalo Payments rookie punter Matt Araiza, who was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of gang raping a 17-year-old woman when he was at San Diego State final 12 months, is not going to costume for Friday’s preseason recreation towards the Carolina Panthers, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The staff’s kicker, Tyler Bass, and lengthy snapper, Reid Ferguson, ran out onto the sector with their jerseys minutes previous to the announcement. Araiza, notably, was not with them, though he did journey to Charlotte for the sport.

Araiza is the one punter on the staff’s roster after the Payments named him the starter with the discharge of punter Matt Haack on Monday. Payments security Micah Hyde and backup quarterback Case Keenum had been each warming up because the backup holder earlier than Friday’s recreation. Backup quarterback Matt Barkley was working towards punts.

The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Courtroom and obtained by ESPN, accuses Araiza and two of his former San Diego State teammates of rape, gender violence and false imprisonment.

In line with the lawsuit, Araiza, who was 21 on the time, had intercourse with the then-high faculty senior, who was beneath the age of consent in California, exterior at an off-campus celebration held at his residence within the early hours of Oct. 17, 2021. The swimsuit states that Araiza introduced her inside a room the place at the very least three different males the place situated, together with two different males named within the swimsuit, Zavier Leonard, a redshirt freshman with the Aztecs, and Nowlin Ewaliko, who was a freshman final season however is now not on the listed roster.

Araiza’s legal lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, advised ESPN that Araiza didn’t inform the Payments in regards to the allegations till early June, when the Los Angeles Instances reported that rape allegations towards 5 Aztec soccer gamers had not been investigated by San Diego State. The college mentioned this was primarily based on the San Diego Police Division’s request that the college not take any motion with the intention to not intrude with a police investigation into the incident.

The Payments launched an announcement Thursday night time stating that they “had been not too long ago made conscious of a civil grievance involving Matt from October 2021. As a result of severe nature of the grievance, we performed an intensive examination of this matter. As that is an ongoing civil case, we can have no different remark at this level.”

Araiza was chosen by the Payments within the sixth spherical of the 2022 NFL draft after enjoying three seasons at San Diego State.