Matt Araiza plans to continue his NFL career

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On Wednesday, the San Diego District Attorney announced that former Bills punter Matt Araiza will not face criminal charges for rape. Araiza has issued a statement expressing an intention to resume playing pro football.

“I am grateful that the District Attorney and the San Diego Police Department have discovered all the facts and found no criminal wrongdoing,” Araiza said in a statement issued by his agent, Joe Linta. “I am excited to continue my NFL career.”

The Bills cut Araiza in late August, after media reports brought the alleged gang rape to light. The Bills explained that Araiza should focus resolving his legal entanglements.

It remains to be seen whether an NFL team is willing to sign him. Araiza remains a defendant in a civil case alleging rape. Even though he faces no NFL discipline because the incident happened before he was drafted, the question becomes whether any team will want to assume a P.R. problem for an interchangeable position like punter.

Some may decide to wait until the civil case is over. Some may not consider him at all. However, it plays out, time will tell.

43 responses to “Matt Araiza plans to continue his NFL career

  1. Bills tried to stick with him as long as they could but it got too much of an attention draw where every coach and player had to answer on why he wasn’t cut yet.

  2. Some may decide not to consider him at all? So legally he’s cleared, was told no charges. The fact that some woman can get drunk at a frat party, do God knows what there, then feel guilty about it the next day, that seems to be ok in todays society that she can destroy a guys life because she feels guilty about her behavior? That’s ok? She should be prosecuted and see how it feels to have her life ruined.

  3. OMG NE please!!!! If we will have you of course. You’re kinda a hot potato right now thought sir.

  4. I don’t know the details..but rape is a felony. He was not charged so the allegations did not reach the level of a crime based on the Law Enforcement investigation.

    Why does Watson get a record contract when his conduct was atrocious, proven so, even if not criminal? Yet this guy, who was cleared by police, has no right to earn a living in his chosen profession based on an allegation, but Watson is welcomed.

  5. Youth and booze gone wrong. I’m hesitant to believe a player knowingly going into the NFL would risk a career. Sounds like revisionist history by the plaintiff but I could certainly be wrong. Without a smoking gun do not think a person should lose their career and be forever changed.

  6. He is as innocent as Watson. Doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be able to live his life; but, the NFL is public consumption entertainment.

  7. “I am grateful that the District Attorney and the San Diego Police Department have discovered all the facts and found no criminal wrongdoing,” Araiza said in a statement issued by his agent, Joe Linta.

    Don’t these kids take even a remedial law class in HS/college? The DA said there wasn’t enough evidence to convict. That’s NOT the same as “no criminal wrongdoing.” You’d think a basic law class would be required for all athletes, since so many of them get into legal trouble either during college or their pro careers.

  8. He can punt the ball inside the 20 from anywhere on the field. I’d be shocked if he isn’t back in the league next season. Even if he doesn’t deserve to be.

  9. The DA said they couldn’t find a path to a criminal conviction beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s a far cry from ‘We think these guys are innocent’. That sounds more like a crime was committed and we can’t prove it. If I were a DA and I thought there was no crime, I would say it was impossible to tell if a crime was committed or not. No liability in that statement and no ambiguity or inference. He inferred that they couldn’t get a guilty conviction.

  10. Eagles punter sinks

    Perhaps this kid wasn’t guilty. He’s still forever ruined….

    Let that sink in.

  11. When did our culture become guilty until proven innocent?

    I could have sworn it was the other way around.

  12. If my beloved team didn’t have the great Tress Way, I’d hope they’d sign this gifted punter.

  13. Wow, the kid had his name dragged and reputation destroyed for what? Such a shame that reckless accusations can completely derail someone’s livelihood without any accountability.

  14. As he should. False accusations should be prosecuted. As well as those that post them as truth

  15. If Watson can continue to play, for a fortune no less, this guy certainly should be able keep a job.

  16. This is one one of those rare times that most of the facts are leaning towards an NFL player being railroaded . I wasn’t there but the fact that no charges are being brought up is just one more step in the direction of “wrongly accused”. I know he’s just a punter, but if he truly didn’t assault anyone I really don’t want to see his career needlessly ruined.

  17. This is why you gather the facts about a case before assuming guilt. That is a fundamentally American value. Presumption of innocence until the state proves guilt.

  18. I once saw an interview with a bodyguard for pro athletes. He said one of his most important roles was breaking things up if he heard any objections or yelling from a woman with one of his clients. If his client brought a woman back to his hotel room or home, the body guard would be in the next room or nearby. If he heard anything, he would come in the room, break things up, ask the woman to get dressed if he wasn’t, and arrange to get her home. He said some of his clients got annoyed because they said the bodyguard would jump in when nothing had happened and the woman wasn’t complaining. The bodyguard had the smart comment that he wasn’t hired just to protect clients from other people, he was also hired to protect them from doin something stupid. The bodyguard said he made a living because so many pro athletes can’t exercise good judgment in their personal lives.

  19. Oh he’d still like to get paid like a professional athlete? Ya don’t say.

  20. Ad he should, man may of gotten rail roaded for no real reason. Never know the TRUE facts of these things unfortunately. This kid possibly lost out on millions that could of been due to a scorned ex girlfriend. There is always 3 sides to the story, his, hers and the truth.

  21. The bills cut araiza cause they didn’t want a distraction. He will have an uphill climb resuming his career since he a punter. All teams and coaches hate distractions, but they especially hate distractions from the backup QB and punter.

  22. For all the questions on why Watson and not this kid is simple. Watson is a franchise QB and Araiza is a rookie punter. A punter.

    He’ll get a shot next year.

  23. We’ll know more as the civil suit plays out, where the standard is “more likely than not,” rather than beyond a reasonable doubt. If there is a finding of no liability, Araiza can file a defamation suit against the accuser.

  24. rockczar says:
    December 8, 2022 at 6:23 am
    This is why you gather the facts about a case before assuming guilt. That is a fundamentally American value. Presumption of innocence until the state proves guilt.
    ——————————
    Did he spend a night in jail?

    There is a large difference between “innocent until proven guilty” on the government side and a private company exercising their constitutional right to use their best judgement whether to employ a distraction and public relations nightmare.

  25. Marquette King is a hell of a punter. But he draws too many penalties for dumb stuff and is a distraction. Because he’s a punter he’s not in the NFL. Arazia could be in the same boat. The distraction of having a punter that is drawing bad press may not be worth it to most teams. As a lot of people said, it’s not like he’s a QB.

  26. Those who are urging their teams to bring this guy in should read the complaint.

    Not going to trial is not the same as not being innocent.

  27. murphyjr1031 says:

    December 7, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t know the details..but rape is a felony. He was not charged so the allegations did not reach the level of a crime based on the Law Enforcement investigation.

    Why does Watson get a record contract when his conduct was atrocious, proven so, even if not criminal? Yet this guy, who was cleared by police, has no right to earn a living in his chosen profession based on an allegation, but Watson is welcomed

    ———
    He has a right to try to earn a living in his chosen profession the same way anyone else does. Those employers also have the right to take someone off their prospect list based on character. You however seem to think he has a right to be given a job in “his chosen profession” which is absurd. I’d love to be an nfl player too, if I say it’s my chosen profession do I get handed a job? How about all those udfa every year?

  28. Since he’s a punter the PR hit might be bad for one or two news cycles. If he clears the civil case he’ll be back in the NFL (people forget he did all the kicking at SDSU).

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