The Buffalo Bills rookie punter Matt Araiza is accused of gang-raped a 17-year-old girl during his final year of college.
Azaria, who was dubbed “Punt God” at his alma mater San Diego State University, was named in a California civil suit, which accused him and two teammates of raping a teen girl at a party last year.
The lawsuit claims that the Azaria knew that the girl was an underage high school student when he gave her a cocktail that “not only contained alcohol, but other intoxicating substances,” then ordered her to give him oral sex.
The woman claims that she was in and out of consciousness as she was violently raped by Azaria, his two former teammates, and another unidentified male, in a separate room of the off-campus party. She also alleged that multiple piercings were ripped out of her body during the assault, and that the incident may have been recorded on a cell phone camera.
The Los Angeles Times reported that San Diego State University is under fire for failing to investigate the allegations for more than seven months since the attack.
Azaria’s lawyer vehemently denied the accusations against his client. “It’s a shakedown because he’s now with the Buffalo Bills,” the lawyer commented. “There is no doubt in my mind that Matt Araiza ever raped that girl.”
The rookie NFL player isn’t the only professional athlete being sued for sexual abuse. Two women filed lawsuits that amounted to $50 million against boxing legend George Foreman. The women alleged that Foreman groomed and sexually abused them while they were between the ages of 13 and 16, while he was in his 20s.
Foreman spoke out against the lawsuits in a statement, prior to Wednesday’s filing. “They are falsely claiming that I sexually abused them over 45 years ago in the 1970s. I adamantly and categorically deny these allegations,” he said.
“The pride I take in my reputation means as much to me as my sports accomplishments, and I will not be intimidated by baseless threats and lies,” the former heavyweight boxer continued. “I don’t pick fights, but I don’t run away from them either.”