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Former Bills punter Matt Araiza works out with Jets

May 25, 2023

Former Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza has his first NFL opportunity since he was cut after being accused of rape. The 23-year-old is working out for the Jets on Wednesday, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Araiza was drafted after a standout collegiate career at San Diego State, where he earned the nickname "Punt God" and set an NCAA record by averaging 51.2 yards per punt. The Bills heralded him as their starting punter during a successful preseason, but he never made a regular season appearance.

His professional career came to halt when he was released last August. The move came two days after civil suit was filed alleging Araiza and two former San Diego State teammates gang raped a minor in 2021. The Bills faced scrutiny for not making the decision sooner, when they were made aware of the allegations.

In December, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office announced Araiza would not be charged with any crime. The office said sexual assault experts, district attorney prosecutors and investigators all analyzed evidence in the case, which included 35 witnesses, DNA results and 10 search warrants.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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