Celebrity Football Punter Matt Araiza‘s Accuser Speaks Out, Shares Photos of Alleged Injuries
The 18-year-old who claimed that former Buffalo Bills punter celebrity Matt Araiza and two other San Diego State University players had gang-raped her as a minor, has accused the group of leaving her bleeding, ripping out her piercings, and taking her phone. Lawyers for the teenage girl reportedly shared photos of the injuries sustained during the alleged attack that took place at an off-campus Halloween party in October, at a house where Araiza had been residing.
The celebrity and two of his college buddies, Zaver Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko, reportedly abused the teenager termed Jane Doe for over an hour last year. She claimed that her phone was taken from her and her piercings were torn out. The next day, the teenager reportedly posted photos and wrote in her notebook that all she kept replaying in her mind was “being face down in a random bed just waiting for it to be over.” The screenshots were from her journal.
The victim claims she briefly lost consciousness during the alleged encounter in a complaint she filed on Thursday. Two days after the lawsuit was filed, Buffalo Bills released the rookie on Saturday. Kerry Armstrong, the attorney for Araizia, stated in a separate interview that he does not anticipate his client to face criminal charges. The lawyer insisted that his client was not a part of the alleged attack and claimed that the accusations are motivated by money.
The Bills selected Araiza, dubbed the “Punt God,” in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft. The group claimed to have been aware of the claims in July. The Los Angeles Times, which broke the news of the case first, claims that there is a criminal investigation into the charges.
San Diego Police have not reported any arrests or released any suspects’ identities. The alleged rape occurred in 2021, before the celebrity footballer joined the league, thus Araizia would not be covered under the NFL personal conduct code.