The rookie kicker of the Buffalo Bills Matt Araiza was accused this Friday of violate jalong with two other men to a minor during a party in 2021.
According to the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in San Diego County, California, the 22-year-old kicker repeatedly raped a 17-year-old girl.
The other two defendants are Zavier Leonard, a roster player for the San Diego State Aztecs at San Diego State University, and Nowlin Ewaliko.
Araiza came to the NFL selected by the Bills in the sixth round of this year’s Draft. He is the only kicker on Buffalo’s roster after the team released Matt Haack earlier this week.
kicker novato excelled with Aztecs in the junior division in 2021. He won the Ray Guy Award as the best kicker in the country in college football before appearing in the 2022 Draft.
One of the attorneys representing the kicker told the Los Angeles Times that he had not yet reviewed the lawsuit against his client, but said beforehand that the accusations are false.
The Buffalo Bills issued a statement in which they assured that they will thoroughly examine the case before ruling on the situation.
“We just found out about a lawsuit involving Matt. Due to the seriousness of the allegation we are going to conduct a thorough examination. As this is an ongoing civil case, we will have no further comment at this time,” was the team’s message.
The Bills will close this Friday their preseason in Carolina, where they will face the Panthers. Araiza traveled with the team and is expected to be at the game.
Just a few weeks ago, the NFL dealt with the case of Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, who was sued by 24 women for sexual misconduct.
After reaching confidential agreements with 20 of 24 of his plaintiffs, Watson was subjected to an NFL-appointed Disciplinary Committee that decided to suspend him for the first six games of the 2022 season, a ruling that was appealed by the league.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell chose former Attorney General Peter C. Harvey as an independent arbitrator in the case, who decided to suspend Deshaun Watson for 11 games of the 2022 season and a $5 million fine.
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