February 29, 2024

Months after being cleared of wrongdoing, Matt Araiza’s accuser has dropped her lawsuit in opposition to the “Punt God” by which she mentioned he raped her.

The girl, who was 17 on the time of the incident, mentioned she was gang-raped by Araiza and others at a celebration close to his alma mater, San Diego State College, in 2021.

However prosecutors and the varsity each mentioned the actions between the 2 have been consensual.

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Matt Araiza #19 of the Buffalo Payments throughout Payments mini camp on June 15, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Joshua Bessex/Getty Photographs)

“The win is bittersweet,’ Araiza’s lawyer, Dick Semerdjian, mentioned in a press release, by way of Yahoo Sports activities. “Matt has been pressured to defend himself for the final sixteen months in opposition to false accusations and a marketing campaign to wreck his profession within the NFL. He won’t ever get this time in his life again.

“We can’t overstate the significance to our system of justice of the presumption of innocence,” Semerdjian continued. “Matt has at all times maintained his innocence, regardless of the general public outcry that resulted when he was falsely accused of crimes and civil assault. Fortunately, there was in depth proof that was key to securing Matt’s voluntary dismissal from this lawsuit.

“Matt was and has at all times been harmless,” Semerdjian continued. “The case is over, and Matt has prevailed. He now has the complete intention of returning to the NFL in hopes of resuming a profitable punting profession.”

Buffalo Payments punter Matt Araiza waves to followers after a preseason NFL soccer sport in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.  (AP Picture/Adrian Kraus, File)

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The lawsuit alleged Araiza had thrown the woman on a mattress “face first,” and he or she went out and in of consciousness whereas having unsolicited intercourse. The lawsuit added that it lasted an hour and a half, and he or she left the room bloodied and crying.

Araiza admitted to having intercourse along with her, not realizing she was 17. Nevertheless, it was revealed that Araiza was now not on the celebration when the alleged gang-rape occurred.

He was drafted by the Buffalo Payments in 2022, however was launched throughout coaching camp, two days after the swimsuit was filed.

Matt Araiza on the sideline

Buffalo Payments punter Matt Araiza walks on the sideline throughout the first half of a preseason NFL soccer sport in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Aug. 13, 2022. (AP Picture/Adrian Kraus, File)

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Araiza mentioned he plans on suing the accuser’s lawyer for defamation.