Matt Araiza won’t play Friday following rape allegations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WIVB) — Bills punter Matt Araiza will not play in Friday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, a source confirmed to News 4.

On Thursday, Araiza was named in a civil suit alleging that him and two other San Diego State University football players raped a 17-year-old girl at a party in October 2021. Araiza was seen in the stadium, according to a News 4 sister station in Charlotte.

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Araiza’s lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, has continued to deny the accusations.

Aidan Joly joined the News 4 staff in 2022. He is a graduate of Canisius College. You can see more of his work here.

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