Buffalo Bills release punter Matt Araiza amid rape allegation

By Satyajit 28/08/22

Matthew Ryan Araiza is an American football punter is a free agent. He was born on 16 May, 2000 in San Diego, California, United States. 

Matt Araiza attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California, where he played college football.  

Matt Araiza was a hurdler on the track and field team in his school. He made 37 field goals and was a two-time All-America selection as a placekicker.

Matt Araiza set the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season record for average punt yardage as a junior, as a result he achieved the nickname "Punt God". 

In 2021, Matt Araiza was named first string punter in addition to his kicking duties and was named a mid-season All American by ESPN at the position. 

Matt Araiza won the Ray Guy Award as the top punter in the nation. The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to college football’s for most outstanding punter by the Augusta Sports Council.  

The Buffalo Bills selected Matt Araiza in the sixth round,  180th overall, of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was named the Bills starting punter as a rookie following the release of veteran Matt Haack.

In 2022, Matt Araiza was named as a defendant in a civil case in which he and two SDSU teammates are accused of gang raping a then-17-year-old girl, at an off-campus party in 2021.

On 27 August 2022, the Buffalo Bills cut Matt Araiza from the team in response to the allegations and lawsuit.

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