The dad and mom of axed Buffalo Payments kicker Matt Araiza have issued a ferocious assertion defending their son amid allegations he was concerned within the gang rape of a 17-year-old lady final yr.
The 22-year-old punter was launched by the Tremendous Bowl favourite Payments on Saturday, and his profession is in tatters as he awaits extra information on the civil lawsuit filed final Thursday.
Amid the backlash, Araiza’s dad and mom have now launched a press release of their very own to the media, revealing loss of life threats despatched to their whole household, and reiterating that their son must be ‘harmless till confirmed responsible’.
As reported by KUSI-TV, the assertion reads: ‘The rule of legislation is harmless till confirmed responsible. That isn’t our expertise. There was a struggle waged towards our son.
‘He has been tried and convicted within the media based mostly on info launched solely from the alleged sufferer and her lawyer, a lot of it via social media. Individuals have taken his info as factual, when it’s not.’
NFL participant Matt Araiza has been launched by Buffalo Payments after being accused of gang rape
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Courtroom, accuses Araiza, Zavier Leonard (proper) and Nowlin ‘Pa’a’ Ewaliko (left) of gang-raping a then-17-year-old lady at a Halloween social gathering at a house the place Araiza had been dwelling
The message goes on to elucidate the ‘vitriol’ Araiza has obtained because the allegations have been made public, and questions why the previous Payments star is the ‘just one receiving this type of therapy’, showing to nod towards the 2 others additionally accused of gang rape.
‘He has been extorted, discriminated towards, harassed and the topic of a number of and steady threats of violence and loss of life,’ the assertion continues. ‘He has been launched from his job and our whole household continues to obtain horrific threats of violence and loss of life. We’ve got all been canceled. Each member of our household.’
The staunch protection of their son ends by talking about ‘salacious rumors rising as truth’, earlier than including: ‘There are a number of witness stories to disclaim the claims which can be made towards him. The authorized system is designed to search out the info and make selections. They need to be allowed to do this.’
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Courtroom, accuses Araiza, Zavier Leonard and Nowlin ‘Pa’a’ Ewaliko of gang raping a then-17-year-old lady at a Halloween social gathering.
The plaintiff, now 18, is recognized within the criticism as ‘Jane Doe’ as a result of she was underage on the time.
There’s a prison investigation into the allegations, in keeping with the Los Angeles Occasions, which first reported the lawsuit. No arrests have been made and San Diego Police haven’t publicly recognized any suspects.
Araiza waves to followers after a preseason NFL soccer sport towards the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, New York on August 13
Araiza wouldn’t be topic to the NFL private conduct coverage over the alleged rape as a result of it came about in 2021, earlier than he was a league participant.
The lawsuit states that the teenager had been ingesting with associates after they determined to go to the social gathering on October 17 and he or she was ‘observably intoxicated upon arrival.’ She grew to become separated from her associates and was approached by Araiza who provided her a drink, in keeping with the lawsuit.
She believes the drink ‘not solely contained alcohol, however different intoxicating substances,’ the criticism stated.
She advised Araiza, who was 21 on the time, that she was a highschool senior, in keeping with the lawsuit. She alleges he then led her to a aspect yard the place he requested her to carry out oral intercourse after which had intercourse along with her earlier than taking her to a bed room within the residence.
There have been at the very least three different males within the room, together with Leonard and Ewaliko, in keeping with the criticism. The lawsuit states that Araiza threw the teenager onto the mattress and he or she went out and in of consciousness whereas she was being raped. It added, ‘however she does keep in mind some moments from the horrific gang rape.’
Buffalo Payments punter Araiza advised his 17-year-old rape accuser in a police-monitored telephone name that she wanted to be examined for chlamydia after an alleged hour-and-a-half-long assault that left her ‘bloody and crying,’ in keeping with a court docket submitting obtained by DailyMail.com
Payments GM Brandon Beane stated Araiza was launched because the state of affairs is ‘larger than soccer’
After an hour-and-a-half, the teenager ‘stumbled out of the room bloody and crying,’ in keeping with the criticism. Her nostril, stomach button, and ear piercings had been pulled out.
She instantly advised her associates concerning the rape and the following day reported it to police and underwent a rape examination, in keeping with the lawsuit. Officers coached her on calling Araiza, which she did 10 days later as detectives recorded it, in keeping with the criticism.
In the course of the name, Araiza acknowledged having intercourse along with her, the lawsuit states, however later, when she requested him ‘And did we now have precise intercourse?’ he responded ‘That is Matt Araiza. I don’t keep in mind something that occurred that evening’ and hung up.
However earlier than getting off the telephone, Araiza did inform Doe to get examined for chlamydia.