Bills releases rookie gambler Matt Araiza after rape allegation

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The Buffalo Bills have released rookie gambler Matt Araiza two days after he was charged in a civil lawsuit with raping a 17-year-old girl, the team announced on Saturday.

The Bills held out Araiza in the final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

Head coach Sean McDermott said he was made aware of the allegation but did not go into details about when the team knew or if the gambler had been false when they spoke to him.

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The civil lawsuit filed in the San Diego County Superior Court alleges that Araiza, then 21, had sex with a drunk 17-year-old high school student outside an off-campus party in October 2021, before taking her to a room where she went to. was allegedly attacked by Araiza and two other men for nearly 90 minutes.

“We’ve tried to be thorough and considerate and not hasty judgments, and I’d say it’s not easy. You’re trying to put facts around a legal situation, sometimes with limited information,” Bills director Brandon Beane said Saturday. “There are a lot of things we couldn’t get our hands on. This was about letting Matt handle his situation. This is bigger than football.”

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Araiza was selected by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL drawing in late April after playing in the state of San Diego. He was a first-team All-American and won the Ray Guy Award for best gambler in the country.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Matt Araiza Released By Buffalo Bills After Rape Charge

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