The Bills have now fully moved on from Matt Araiza.
Buffalo formally signed former Broncos’ punter Sam Martin to a one-year contract on Wednesday. They additionally positioned WR Marquez Stevenson on injured reserve.
The Bills launched the 22-year-old Araiza on Saturday, greater than per week after a lawsuit was filed accusing him of gang-raping a minor. The rookie punter faces a civil lawsuit that was filed Thursday, which claims Araiza and two of his San Diego State soccer teammates gang-raped a 17-year-old woman who mentioned she was intoxicated to the purpose she was slipping out and in of consciousness.
The incident allegedly occurred on Oct. 17 at a Halloween social gathering at a house the place Araiza had been dwelling.
The now 18-year-old lady, who has made the accusations in opposition to Araiza and his two school teammates — Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko — mentioned in an interview with CBS News that she was left bleeding after the alleged assault happened final year when she was a minor.
She additionally mentioned within the interview that her cellphone was taken from her and her piercings have been ripped when Araiza, Leonard, and Ewaliko assaulted her for greater than an hour.
Before his launch from the Bills, Araiza said in a statement Friday that the incident just isn’t “what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press.”
Araiza, nicknamed the “Punt God” for his explosive punts throughout his time at San Diego State, was anticipated to be the Bills’ beginning punter after taking part in properly in the course of the preseason – and after the group waived Matt Haack.
That job now seems to be Martin’s.