Matt Araiza’s Parents Claim They Received Death Threats As A Result Of The Gang-Rape Allegations Against Their Son

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The parents of former Buffalo Bills Punter Matt Araiza claim they have received “horrific threats of violence and death” after the gang-rape allegations against their son went public. Araiza’s parents issued a lengthy statement to KUSI claiming that they have “all been cancelled” and that people have taken these allegations made by the accuser, now identified in court documents as “Jane Doe” and her attorney as factual.

TMZ has more HERE.

Araiza was released from the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, following the filing of a civil lawsuit, accusing him of being involved in a gang rape in 2021 while playing football at San Diego State University. Araiza and two of his former San Diego State Aztecs teammates, Zavier Leonard and Nowlin Ewaliko, were accused of gang-raping a 17-year old at an off-campus Halloween party last fall. 

The lawsuit claims that Doe showed up to the party drunk and was approached by Araiza who offered her a drink. Doe believes that Araiza may have put other substances in the drink saying that she felt it “not only contained alcohol, but other intoxicating substances,” according to her complaint. Doe alleges in the suit that she told Araiza, who was 21 at the time, that she was a senior in high school.

Following his release from the team, Araiza issued a statement denying the rape allegations.

“The facts of the incident are not what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press. I look forward to quickly setting the record straight.”

Araiza spent four years as the punter for the Aztecs at San Diego State. He set the NCAA season record for average punt yardage as a junior. He won the Ray Guy award in 2021 which is presented annually to college football’s most outstanding punter. Araiza was selected in the 6th round by the Buffalo Bills. He won the punting job in training camp over Matt Haack, but now he is no longer in the NFL.

For more on the possible charges Araiza could face, League of Justice has more HERE.