Matt Araiza, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and commonly known as TPunt God, was charged in a gang lawsuit for raping a minor along with two other San Diego State teammates. The Bills were notified in late July by the attorney who filed the lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court
This is ESPN reporting based on lawsuit:
“The lawsuit, obtained by ESPN, concerns allegations against Araiza and two of his former teammates at San Diego State. The other men named in the complaint are Zavier Leonard, a red-shirted freshman with the Aztecs, and Nowlin Ewaliko, who was a freshman last season but is no longer listed. All three were charged with rape, gender-based violence and false imprisonment.
The lawsuit alleges Araiza, then 21, had sex with a then underage high school student in California at an off-campus party held at his residence on early hours of October. . 17, 2021. The lawsuit states that Araiza then took her into a room with at least three other men, including Leonard and Ewaliko, and that she was raped repeatedly for about an hour and a half. until the party closes. “
Of course the newspapers had to break the story like the team didn’t, but the biggest joke about all of this is that since the alleged rape happened before Araiza was enlisted in the army, he’s not subject to the league’s personal conduct policy. fight.
The Bills released a statement:
“[The Bills] was recently made aware of a civil complaint involving Matt from October 2021. Due to the serious nature of the complaint, we have conducted a thorough examination of the matter. As this is an ongoing civil case, we will have no further comment at this time.”
The NFL said it was aware of the accusation but had no comment.
Araiza’s attorney, Kenny Armstrong, had not read the complaint when reached by the LA Times but told the newspaper that the allegations were false and said that “his own investigator spoke to witnesses from the opposing party to the allegations against Araiza.”
An attorney for Ewaliko was reported in the Times that, “he cannot comment on the case and he is still investigating what happened.”
And an attorney representing Leonard told the Times he has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment.
Expecting sports federations to be the umpire, jury and executioner of the world is foolish, but it would be better if they went to court more often because they are not obligated to follow the rule of law. Happy Women’s Equality Day I guess.