Former Buffalo Bills player Matt Araiza has evaded criminal charges over the alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl.
Araiza, 22, was accused of taking part in a gang rape of a minor during a Halloween party in 2021.
On Wednesday, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced its decision, saying, “Prosecutors have determined that it is clear that the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges.”
“There is no pathway to a possible criminal conviction,” the statement said.
Dan Gilleon, the plaintiff’s representative, accused the prosecutor’s office of firing the teenager – known only as Jane Doe – because she was drunk, in a statement to The Athletic.
Jane Doe claimed that despite being heavily intoxicated, Araiza approached her at a party with an alcoholic drink that contained “intoxicating substances”.
Doe then claimed in the lawsuit that Araiza allegedly ushered her into a bedroom of the home, where at least “three other men, including the defendants Ewaliko and Leonard,” were waiting for her.
In the lawsuit, the three are then accused of alternately raping the then high school graduate for an hour and a half.
Doe went to the San Diego Police Department on October 18 to report the gang rape.
The rookie was released by the Bills after the allegations were made public in August.
Arazia was the Bills’ sixth-round draft pick for the 2022 NFL season.
Araiza’s release comes after a civil lawsuit was filed on Aug. 25 against him and two other current and former San Diego State Aztecs football players, Nowlin Ewaliko and Zavier Leonard.
The three were accused of sexually assaulting the teenager in October 2021.
According to the lawsuit, Araiza confirmed the incident to the victim in a call monitored by police.
He reportedly told the teenager to “get tested for sexually transmitted diseases” before abruptly ending the call.
A lawyer representing Araiza previously told the Los Angeles Times that the allegations were false.
“It’s a shakedown because he’s with the Buffalo Bills now. I have no doubt,” said attorney Kerry Armstrong.
Araiza himself responded to the lawsuit in August.
“The facts of the incident are not as presented in the lawsuit or in the press. I’m looking forward to clearing things up quickly,” he said.
Bill’s general manager, Brandon Beane, said at the time of Araiza’s release that they thought it best to let Araiza go, although all the facts have not yet been disclosed.
“We don’t have all the facts and that makes it difficult, but at this point we think moving forward is the best move,” Beane said in a statement to reporter Aidan Joly.
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