BUFFALO Payments’ punter Matt Araiza and two different soccer gamers from San Diego State College have been accused of gang-raping a minor at a celebration final yr, based on a brand new lawsuit.
Simply this week, Araiza – who earned the nickname “Punt God” throughout his time at San Diego – turned the beginning punter for the Payments, who’re favored to win Tremendous Bowl LVII in 2023.
Araiza, Zavier Leonard, and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko – all present and former soccer gamers at San Diego State College – have been named in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday.
The incident allegedly occurred at an off-campus celebration on the evening of October 16, 2021 however carried into the early morning of October 17, the lawsuit claims.
Araiza is accused of getting intercourse with the teenager outdoors of the house the place the celebration was being held, earlier than bringing her inside the place she was repeatedly raped.
The lawsuit claims that the teenager, who has a senior in highschool on the time, was out and in of consciousness however remembers moments of the assault.
The grievance additionally alleges that Araiza gave the sufferer a drink that “not solely contained alcohol, however different intoxicating substances.”
The grievance alleges that the teenager “stumbled out of the room bloody and crying. Her nostril, bellybutton, and ear piercings had been pulled out, and she or he was additionally bleeding from her vagina.”
The teenager allegedly informed mates instantly that she had been raped.
She went to the police the subsequent day after which to the hospital the place she was evaluated.
Araiza’s lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, says the NFL star didn’t rape the teenager.
“It’s a shakedown as a result of he’s now with the Buffalo Payments. There isn’t a doubt in my thoughts,” Armstrong mentioned.
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