2021 ‘Ray Guy Award’ winner and ex-Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza will not face charges from an alleged sexual assault that took place last year.
The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office also said Wednesday that none of Araiza’s former San Diego State football teammates would be charged.
The San Diego District Attorney announced today that former #Bills punter Matt Araiza will not be criminally charged in the alleged sexual assault case from October 2021.
Prosecutors determined that the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges. Release is below: pic.twitter.com/oC8NLztARj
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) December 7, 2022
A civil suit filed August in San Diego County Superior Court alleged Araiza (21) had sex with an intoxicated 17-year-old high school senior outside of an off-campus party back in October 2021 before bringing her inside a room where she was purportedly assaulted by multiple men for almost 90 minutes.
Araiza was selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL draft after playing at San Diego State. He was a first-team All-American and won the Ray Guy Award given to the nation’s best punter. The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to college football’s most outstanding punter as adjudged by the Augusta Sports Council. The award is named after punter Ray Guy, an All-American for Southern Mississippi and an All-Pro in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders.
The Bills released Araiza immediately after the civil suit was filed.
In a statement released Wednesday, the San Diego District Attorney’s office said it received the investigation from the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Aug. 5 without recommendation to file criminal charges.