October 1, 2022
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KEY POINTS

  • NFL rookie Matt Araiza is accused together with a number of different males of gang-raping a minor at a celebration whereas he was nonetheless a university soccer participant
  • His fellow gamers from San Diego State College, Zavier Leonard and Nowlin Ewaliko, have been among the many accused
  • The boys allegedly took turns raping the sufferer for an hour and a half as she went out and in of consciousness

Buffalo Payments rookie Matt Araiza has been accused together with two others from his alma mater, San Diego State College, of gang-raping a minor late final yr in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday.

The grievance filed in San Diego County Superior Courtroom alleged that Araiza gave the sufferer a drink that “not solely contained alcohol, however different intoxicating substances” throughout a home celebration on Rockford Drive close to SDSU in October 2021, in accordance with the Los Angeles Instances.

The then-17-year-old sufferer allegedly instructed Araiza that she was a highschool scholar, and the soccer participant, who was nicknamed the “Punt God” for his potential to punt footballs as much as 80 yards, may additionally see that she was extremely intoxicated, the grievance mentioned.

Regardless of this, Araiza, now 22, proceeded to have intercourse with the minor, the lawsuit alleged. He allegedly took the sufferer to a bed room the place fellow San Diego State College soccer gamers Zavier Leonard and Nowlin Ewaliko, in addition to not less than one different man, have been and threw her down on the mattress face first.

The boys allegedly took turns raping the woman for an hour and a half as she went out and in of consciousness till the celebration was shut down.

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The off-campus celebration began on Oct. 16, 2021, whereas the alleged assault occurred within the early hours of the subsequent day, in accordance with the grievance.

In the course of the alleged gang rape, the sufferer observed a light-weight as if somebody was taking a cellphone video, the grievance mentioned.

The teenager later “stumbled out of the room bloody and crying. Her nostril, bellybutton, and ear piercings had been pulled out, and he or she was additionally bleeding from her vagina,” the lawsuit learn.

She knowledgeable her buddies of the incident upon escaping and was taken to a hospital to endure an in depth rape examination after speaking with police.

The sufferer, on the request of police, made pretext calls that have been recorded by detectives with the boys named within the lawsuit whom police “had decided have been current within the room when the rape occurred.”

Araiza confirmed on a name in late October that he and the woman had intercourse and beneficial that she get examined for a sexually transmitted illness.

Police, who guided the lady throughout the pretext calls, haven’t offered data of these calls or the sufferer’s police report, her lawyer Daniel Gilleon instructed the L.A. Instances.

The outcomes of the rape examination have additionally not been disclosed, the lawyer mentioned.

Kerry Armstrong, Araiza’s lawyer, has not reviewed the grievance, however he referred to as the rape accusation false, in accordance with the L.A. Instances. Armstrong’s investigator spoke to witnesses from the celebration who contradicted the allegations towards Araiza, the lawyer mentioned.

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“It is a shakedown as a result of he is now with the Buffalo Payments,” Armstrong claimed.

“There isn’t any doubt in my thoughts” that Araiza didn’t rape the teenager, he added.

Marc Xavier Carlos, the lawyer representing Ewaliko in an ongoing prison investigation of the incident, mentioned he couldn’t touch upon the lawsuit, in accordance with the outlet.

Lawyer Jamahl Kersey, who’s representing Leonard, instructed the L.A. Instances that he had not seen the lawsuit and couldn’t remark.

Leonard is listed on the college’s fall soccer roster as a redshirt freshman. Ewaliko shouldn’t be on the present roster, however he was on the crew final yr as a freshman.

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Illustration. Matt Araiza, a rookie punter for New York’s Buffalo Payments, allegedly gave a 17-year-old a drink that “not solely contained alcohol, however different intoxicating substances” throughout an off-campus home celebration final October, a lawsuit alleged.
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