The parents of the kicker, Matt Ariza of Buffalo Bills, have issued a fierce statement in defense of their son amid allegations that he was involved in the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl last year.
The 22-year-old gambler was fired by Super Bowl favorites on Saturday, and his career is in tatters as he awaits more news about the civil lawsuit filed last Thursday.
Amid the backlash, Ariza’s parents released their own statement to the media, revealing death threats were sent to all family members, and asserting that their son should be “innocent until proven guilty”.
As I mentioned KUSI-TVThe statement read: “The rule of law is innocent until proven guilty. This is not our experience. There was a war against our son.”
He has been tried and convicted in the media based on information only disclosed from the alleged victim and her lawyer, much of it via social media. People took his information as facts, when it wasn’t.
Buffalo Bills have released NFL player Matt Ariza after he was accused of gang rape
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, accuses Araiza, Xavier Leonard (right) and Nolin Paa Iwaliku (left) of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl at a home Halloween party. Where was Ariza living
The letter goes on to explain the ‘stinging’ that Ariza has received since the allegations were made public, and questions why the former Bills star is ‘the only person receiving this kind of treatment’, apparently referring to the other two who are also accused of the gang. rape.
“He has been blackmailed, discriminated against, harassed, and subjected to multiple and continuous threats of violence and death,” the statement continued. He was fired from his job and our entire family continues to receive horrific threats of violence and death. We have all been cancelled. Every member of our family.
The stern defense of their son ends by speaking of the “growing obscene rumors as fact”, before adding: “There are many witness reports to disprove the allegations made against him. The legal system is designed to find facts and make decisions. They must be allowed to do so.”
The lawsuit, filed with the San Diego County Superior Court, accuses Araiza, Xavier Leonard, and Nolin’ Pa Iwaliko of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl at a Halloween party.
The plaintiff, who is now 18, was identified in the complaint as “Jane Doe” because she was underage at the time.
He said there is a criminal investigation into these allegations Los Angeles Times, who first reported the lawsuit. No arrests were made and the San Diego police have not publicly identified any suspects.
Ariza waves to fans after an NFL pre-season football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, New York on August 13.
Ariza will not be subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy on the alleged rape because it occurred in 2021, before he became a league player.
The suit states that the teen was drinking with her friends when they decided to go to the party on October 17 and was “significantly intoxicated upon arrival.” She broke up with her friends and Araizah reached out to her and offered her a drink, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint said she believed the drink “contained not only alcohol, but other intoxicating substances.”
She told Areeza, then 21, that she was a high school student, according to the lawsuit. She claims he then drove her to a side yard where he asked her to have oral sex and then had sex with her before taking her to a bedroom in the house.
According to the complaint, there were at least three other men in the room, among them Leonard and Ewaliko. The lawsuit states that Ariza threw the teen on the bed and entered and lost consciousness during the rape. “But she does remember some moments from the horrific gang rape,” she added.
Ariza, a Buffalo Bills gambler, told the 17-year-old rape accuser in a police surveillance phone call that she needed to be tested for chlamydia after an alleged hour-and-a-half attack left her ‘bloody and crying’. According to a court filing obtained by DailyMail.com
Bills GM Brandon Bean said Ariza was released because the situation is ‘bigger than football’
An hour and a half later, the teen walked out of the room crying blood, according to the complaint. Her nose and belly button were pulled and her ear pierced.
According to the lawsuit, she immediately told her friends about the rape, and the next day she reported it to the police and underwent a rape test. Officers trained her to call Ariza, which she did 10 days later, investigators recorded, according to the complaint.
During the call, Areeza admitted to having sex with her, the lawsuit states, but later when she asked him “And did we have actual sex?” He said: This is Ariza died. I don’t remember anything that happened that night” and hung up the phone.
But before he got off the phone, Ariza actually asked Doe to get tested for chlamydia.