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Bills P Matt Aliza, two teammates at San Diego State University accused of gang rape in lawsuit

Bills rookie Matt Araiza has discovered brilliance seldom seen in a college football punter. He is now accused of participating in a gang-rape while in San Diego. (AP Photo/Adrian Krause)

Content warning: This article contains graphic details of an alleged sexual assault.

Buffalo Bills punter Matt Aliza, who became famous in college football last season as the “Punt God,” was accused in a civil lawsuit of participating in the gang-rape of a 17-year-old girl. times.

According to the complaint, Aliza, who was an All-American at San Diego State University at the time, had sex with a minor outside her off-campus home at an October party when she was intoxicated, took her to her room, and held her there. She claims she was repeatedly raped. multiple men.

That group is said to have included two of Ariza’s Aztec teammates, Xavier Leonard and Naurin “Par” Ewarico. Leonard is still on the San Diego State roster, but Ewarico is not.

A criminal investigation into the case is reportedly ongoing, including a Title IX investigation in San Diego. No arrests have been made, but San Diego detectives have reportedly submitted their findings to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Aliza’s attorney Kelly Armstrong told The Times that he has not vetted the lawsuit, but called the rape allegations false and has witnesses from parties that contradict the teen’s version of events. Lawyers for the other two players declined to comment.

Armstrong called the allegation and lawsuit a “shakedown” of Aliza’s NFL funds, which the accuser’s attorney, Dan Gilleon, disagreed with. replied by claiming Armstrong provided them with money before Aliza joined the Bills.He also Release text message screengrab In it, an unidentified member of Aliza’s camp asked what payment his client was asking.

of Bills issued a statement Shortly after the allegations were reported, it declined to comment further, claiming it had already investigated the matter.

“We recently learned of a civil lawsuit against Matt from October 2021.

Due to the serious nature of the complaint, we have conducted a thorough investigation into the matter. As this is an ongoing civil lawsuit, there are no further comments at this time. ”

The Athletic’s Tim Graham reports. The bill made its claims last month after drafting him. reportedly He is still expected to play in the Bills’ preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

Matt Araiza’s allegation details are ugly

In the lawsuit, reported by The Times, the accuser, now 18, claims he arrived at a party on Oct. 16 after drinking with friends. Alleging he gave her a drink believed to contain the substance, then took her outside and told her to perform oral sex, even though she was said to be in high school. There is

After having sex with the girl, Alyza allegedly took her to the bedroom where Leonard, Ewariko, and at least one man were waiting. She claims she was first thrown in her face on the bed and then raped for an hour and a half. When her party ended, she claimed to have emerged from her room crying, pulling out her nose, navel and ear piercings and bleeding from her vagina.

The accuser told a friend she had been raped and went to the police the next day to be tested for rape, the results of which have not been released.

At the request of police, the accuser called the man named in her case while he was being recorded by detectives. It is said that he recommended that he receive When he was asked “And did we actually have sex?” The accuser alleges that Aliza changed her tone and claimed she remembered nothing from the night.

San Diego was allegedly waiting to investigate Matt Aliza’s allegations

Ten months after the alleged rape, knowledge of the incident reportedly became commonplace in San Diego within days.

Two months ago, The Times reported that San Diego state officials chose not to notify the campus of the alleged gang rape and waited more than seven months before opening a Title IX investigation.

Niiza’s name reportedly surfaced in at least one anonymous report produced by a student-athlete shortly after the party. accusing authorities of hiding the allegations due to the success of the football team, which finished the season 12-2 and was ranked 25th in the AP poll.

From The Times:

“With 99% of football players aware of the rapes of five, the rest of the student-athletes wonder why nothing is being done,” said the student.

The state of San Diego reportedly defended its decision, saying it asked the school not to take actions that would jeopardize police investigations.

Bills recently made Matt Araiza the starting punter

The allegations are a downturn to a previously tumultuous professional career for Alyza, who set an NCAA record averaging 51.2 yards per punt and won the 2021 Ray Guy Award for top college football punters. The San Diego native regularly went viral for his position-reversing punts on the field, earning him the nickname “Punting His God” in the process.

Aryza appeared to be in the position of the first-choice punter in the 2022 NFL Draft, but Penn State’s Jordan Stout and Georgia’s Jake Camalda unexpectedly edged him out in the fourth round. He eventually heard his name called in the sixth round and landed on the competing Bills. It’s unclear if NFL teams were aware of the allegations at the time of the draft.

Alyza’s profile continued to climb in the preseason when she unleashed an 82-yard punt.

Bills officially commit Aliza as starting punter early this week When they released veteran Matt Hark, they left the rookie as the lone punter on the roster.they did reportedly I am aware of the allegations against Aliza.