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Breaking: Significant Decision Made On Former Bills Punter Matt Araiza

Former Bills punter Matt Araiza

Former Bills punter Matt Araiza

A legal conclusion was reached Wednesday on the status of former San Diego State punter Matt Araiza. 

In a decision relayed by reporter Ari Meirov, the San Diego District Attorney announced that Araiza would not face criminal charges relating to a sexual assault case formed in October 2021. 

Per the announcement, "Prosecutors determined that the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges."

A standout punter in the nation during his collegiate career, Araiza was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills in the 2022 NFL draft. 

He'd never suit up for the Bills, at least in an official NFL game that is, however, as Araiza was subsequently accused of sexually assaulting a minor. Once Matt was named as a defendant in the proceeding civil case, and the allegations were made public, Buffalo released Araiza. 

As of this writing, neither Araiza nor his legal representation have commented on today's outcome. Dan Gilleon, the lawyer for Araiza's accuser, has offered a statement to the press. 

"I’m not surprised," Gilleon told reporter Tim Graham. "The police rarely pay much attention to cases where the victim is intoxicated. Here, the police made it clear in January 2022 that they weren’t interested in the case. 

They made that clear by ghosting my client and keeping her in the dark. It was only the media attention that caused the police to commence a dog and pony show long enough for them to say they conducted a thorough investigation."