October 1, 2022
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – JUNE 15: Matt Araiza #19 of the Buffalo Payments smiles throughout Payments mini camp on June 15, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.
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  • Matt Araiza has been accused together with two different males of gang-raping a 17-year-old at a celebration final 12 months
  • Araiza was chosen by the Buffalo Payments within the sixth spherical of the 2022 NFL draft
  • He’s set to make $705,000 this 12 months, $870,000 in 2023 and $985,000 in 2024 in base wage

Matt Araiza, whose highly effective and precision kicking in faculty earned him the nickname “Punt God,” at the moment performs punter for the Buffalo Payments.

The 22-year-old California native was chosen by the Buffalo Payments within the sixth spherical of the 2022 NFL draft.

In Might, he reportedly signed a four-year, $3.87 million contract with the workforce, which can take him by 2025, in keeping with Spotrac.

Beneath the contract, the Payments rookie will make $705,000 this 12 months, $870,000 in 2023 and $985,000 in 2024 in base wage, the participant contract useful resource stated. He can even obtain a signing bonus of $216,000.

Araiza can also be set to earn a whopping $1.1 million within the ultimate season of his deal, in keeping with the outlet.

Earlier this week, the Payments named Araiza their beginning punter and launched incumbent Matt Haack, who went on to signal with the Indianapolis Colts.

Nevertheless, shortly after getting the beginning punter job, Araiza, who was one of many prime punters in faculty soccer final season, and two of his former San Diego State teammates Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko have been accused in a civil lawsuit of gang-raping a then-17-year-old woman final 12 months.

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The alleged incident occurred at a Halloween get together on Oct. 17, 2021, at a house the place Araiza had been residing, in keeping with the Los Angeles Occasions, which first reported the information.

The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County superior court docket, reportedly acknowledged that the teenager had been consuming with mates after they determined to go to the get together and was “observably intoxicated upon arrival.”

When she was separated from her mates, she was approached by Araiza who supplied her a drink. The complainant believes the drink “not solely contained alcohol, however different intoxicating substances,” the lawsuit alleged.

The criticism alleged that Araiza took the teenager to a room and threw her onto a mattress earlier than he and his teammates raped her. The complainant went out and in of consciousness in the course of the alleged assault, “however she does bear in mind some moments from the horrific gang rape,” in keeping with the lawsuit.

After an hour and a half, the complainant “stumbled out of the room bloody and crying.” The following day, she informed her mates and police in regards to the alleged incident and underwent a rape examination, in keeping with the lawsuit.

In an announcement Thursday obtained by NFL Community’s Mike Giardi, the Payments stated that they have been not too long ago made conscious of the allegations towards Araiza and that they performed an intensive examination of the matter. Nevertheless, they added that they won’t remark additional on the continued case at the moment.

The Payments traveled to Carolina for his or her exhibition finale on the Panthers on Friday evening. It is unclear whether or not Araiza will play towards the Panthers, although the Payments don’t have any different punter on their roster, in keeping with the Related Press.

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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 get together final October, a lawsuit alleged.


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