Matt Araiza is an American football punter who played college football at San Diego State, where he set the NCAA season record for average punt yardage as a junior, earning him the nickname “Punt God”. Araiza was born on May 16, 2000, in San Diego, California, United States of America.
He was selected by the Buffalo Bills of National Football League (NFL) in the sixth round of the 2022 draft but was released prior to 2022 season after being accused of gang r*pe. Araiza is now in the headlines of news after being accused of gang rape.
Buffalo Bills release Matt Araiza after being accused of ‘gang raping 17-year-old at the party’
Matt Araiza was the Bills’ sixth-round draft pick for the 2022 NFL season. The release of Matt Araiza comes after civil lawsuit was filed on August 25 against him and two other currently former San Diego State Aztecs football players – Nowlin Ewaliko and Zavier Leonard.
The three players were accused of s*xually assaulting a teen girl in October of 2021. The Buffalo Bills had previously said that they were aware of allegations against Araiza and were conducting their own investigation, which has seemingly lead to their decision to release Araiza.
The coach of Buffalo Bills Sean McDermott said that Araiza “seemed to understand, and I think when we spoke again this morning, that he agreed that was probably the best thing.”
Matt wasn’t at practice Saturday after being held out of Friday’s preseason game against Carolina Panthers and wasn’t on the sideline during the game or in the locker room after the game was over.
Victim Jane Doe’s statement against three football players
According to the alleged victim, who remains identified as Jane Doe in lawsuit, claims she attended an off-campus party on the evening of October 16, 2021 and into morning on October 17. She claimed that she and few friends were out in San Diego area to attend Halloween parties.
Through the Snapchat group, it was discovered the location of a nearby party where Araiza himself allegedly answered the door. She claims that although she was not much intoxicated, Araiza allegedly approached her with an alcoholic beverage containing “intoxicating substances.”
After that she claimed in the lawsuit that Araiza allegedly led her into a bedroom in house where at least “three other men, including defendant Ewaliko and Leonard,” were waiting for them. The three are then accused in the lawsuit of taking turns raping her for an hour and a half.
Jane Doe went to San Diego police to report the gang r*pe on her in October 18.
Who are the parents of Matt Araiza?
Matt Araiza belongs to his Father, Rico Araiza and Mother, Kerry Araiza. His father was born and raised in Mexico. Araiza’s parents were so encouraging to him and have always been there for him in good and bad times. Also, his dad used to take him to field for four to five times in week.
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About Matt Araiza’s Education and Early Life
Matt Araiza was grown up in San Diego, California, and attended Rancho Bernardo High School, where he played football and was hurdler on track and field team. Araiza made 37 field goals and was a two time All-America selection as a placekicker. He committed to play college football at San Diego State University (SDSU).
At SDSU, Araiza redshirted his true freshman season for the Aztecs and he also served as backup to All-Mountain West Conference kicker John Baron. Araiza became the team’s placekicker as a redshirt freshman and made a school record 22 field goals on 26 attempts and was name mentioned in All-Mountain West. He also won the Ray Guy Award as the top punter in his nation.
Know about Professional Career of Matt Araiza
It is Matt Araiza’s beginning of his career because he is just 22 years old. The Buffalo Bills selected Araiza in the sixth round, 180th overall, in the 2022 NFL Draft. He was named the Bills starting punter as rookie following release of veteran Matt Haack.
Araiza didn’t dress for the Bills’ final preseason game on August 26, 2022, day after being accused of sexual assault while at SDSU. Sadly, he was released the next day, on August 27, 2022. If this case comes true it might destroy his career badly.
How much American football Star Matt Araiza’s earns?
Matt Araiza, a young football player, is said to be net worth might be less than $1 million. According to the reports, he will make a base salary of $705k in 2022. In addition, he got signing bonus of $216,148.
Araiza’s main source of earning is from Nations Football League (NFL), which is the top professional football league in the United States.