#sports activities Parents of axed Buffalo Bills star Matt Araiza issue furious statement defending their son
The mother and father of axed Buffalo Bills kicker Matt Araiza have issued a ferocious statement 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 Super Bowl favourite Bills 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 mother and father have now launched a statement of their personal to the media, revealing loss of life threats despatched to their total household, and reiterating that their son must be ‘harmless till confirmed responsible’.
As reported by KUSI-TV, the statement reads: ‘The rule of legislation is harmless till confirmed responsible. That shouldn’t be our expertise. There has been a conflict waged in opposition to 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 by way of social media. People have taken his info as factual, when it’s not.’
NFL participant Matt Araiza has been launched by Buffalo Bills after being accused of gang rape
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, 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 for the reason that allegations had been made public, and questions why the previous Bills 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 in opposition to, harassed and the topic of a number of and steady threats of violence and loss of life,’ the statement continues. ‘He has been launched from his job and our total household continues to obtain horrific threats of violence and loss of life. We have all been canceled. Every 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 studies to disclaim the claims which are made in opposition to him. The authorized system is designed to search out the info and make selections. They must be allowed to do this.’
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, 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 grievance as ‘Jane Doe’ as a result of she was underage on the time.
There is a felony investigation into the allegations, in line with the Los Angeles Times, 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 recreation in opposition to 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 befell in 2021, earlier than he was a league participant.
The lawsuit states that the teenager had been consuming with pals once they determined to go to the social gathering on October 17 and he or she was ‘observably intoxicated upon arrival.’ She turned separated from her pals and was approached by Araiza who supplied her a drink, in line with the lawsuit.
She believes the drink ‘not solely contained alcohol, however different intoxicating substances,’ the grievance mentioned.
She advised Araiza, who was 21 on the time, that she was a highschool senior, in line with the lawsuit. She alleges he then led her to a facet 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 dwelling.
There had been at the very least three different males within the room, together with Leonard and Ewaliko, in line with the grievance. 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 Bills 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 line with a courtroom submitting obtained by DailyMail.com
Bills GM Brandon Beane mentioned Araiza was launched because the scenario is ‘larger than soccer’
After an hour-and-a-half, the teenager ‘stumbled out of the room bloody and crying,’ in line with the grievance. Her nostril, stomach button, and ear piercings had been pulled out.
She instantly advised her pals in regards to the rape and the subsequent day reported it to police and underwent a rape examination, in line with the lawsuit. Officers coached her on calling Araiza, which she did 10 days later as detectives recorded it, in line with the grievance.
During the decision, 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 ‘This is Matt Araiza. I do not keep in mind something that occurred that evening’ and hung up.
But earlier than getting off the telephone, Araiza did inform Doe to get examined for chlamydia.