February 23, 2024
Matt Araiza throughout his temporary tenure with the Buffalo Payments. Picture credit score: Display shot, @At present by way of YouTube

Former San Diego State punter Matt Araiza might be dismissed from a lawsuit that accused him of raping a then 17-year-old lady at an off-campus home celebration, his attorneys stated Tuesday.

As a part of an settlement reached between Araiza and his accuser, Araiza will dismiss his defamation countersuit in opposition to the younger girl. The settlement doesn’t embody any financial phrases.

The civil case is presently nonetheless lively in opposition to 4 different former SDSU soccer gamers, with a trial scheduled for February.

Araiza’s attorneys say the settlement additionally permits him to pursue potential authorized motion in opposition to the lady’s legal professional, Dan Gilleon, and his regulation agency.

“Whereas we’re right here celebrating this victory with Matt and his household, the win is bittersweet,” Araiza’s attorneys, Dick Semerdjian and Kristen Bush, stated in an announcement. “Matt has been pressured to defend himself for the final sixteen months in opposition to false accusations and a marketing campaign to break his profession within the NFL. He won’t ever get this time in his life again.”

The assertion alleges that “in depth proof” led to the case’s dismissal and that Araiza is in search of to pursue an NFL profession that was halted after the 2022 lawsuit was filed.

In her lawsuit, the lady recognized in courtroom as Jane Doe alleged she had intercourse with Araiza outdoors the house the place the celebration occurred, then was introduced right into a bed room the place a bunch of males raped her whereas she was closely intoxicated.

Araiza’s attorneys argued any interactions between Araiza and the ladies had been consensual and that he was not current on the celebration when the alleged gang rape occurred.

Gilleon advised the San Diego Union-Tribune that his shopper couldn’t afford continued authorized motion in opposition to Araiza after he filed a “legally baseless” defamation swimsuit in opposition to her in response to her lawsuit.

Araiza, nicknamed the “Punt God” in faculty, was drafted by the Buffalo Payments, however was reduce after the allegations surfaced.

A couple of months after the lady’s lawsuit was filed, the San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace introduced it could not pursue felony expenses in opposition to Araiza or the opposite gamers.

–Metropolis Information Service