Newspaper details alleged rape involving NFL’s Matt Araiza

This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence.

Journal entries of a young woman in the center of a lawsuit alleging she was gang raped last year by NFL player Matt Araiza and two of his former San Diego State University teammates detail what she says happened and the trauma she suffered as a result.

“All I keep replaying in my mind is lying face down in a random bed, just waiting for it to be over,” wrote the woman, who was a 17-year-old high school student at the time of the alleged assault.

“I was bloody afterwards,” she wrote. “BLOODY. What did they do to me in there???

The pages, publicly tweeted Friday by her lawyer Daniel Gilleon, offer details of the emotional toll she faced after filing a police report and undergoing a rape examination a day after she was allegedly gang-raped in October at a party a few blocks away campus houses. The diary, which the young woman started after the alleged rape, has already been reviewed by The Times.

Araiza’s attorney, Kerry Armstrong, denied the rape charge and called the trial an update”. He said his investigator spoke to party witnesses who contradicted the claim.

Now 18, the woman told The Times on Thursday after her lawsuit was filed that she hoped those she accused of rape would be held accountable. The suit also names Xavier Leonard and Pa’a Ewaliko.

“They weren’t affected by what they were doing, and they probably felt like it was something they would never have to suffer the consequences of. It makes me sick,” she said.

The young woman had previously told The Times that she lost consciousness and lost consciousness during the alleged attack. The newspaper says his memory of the incident was hazy and no suspects were identified in its pages. The defendants named in the lawsuit were based on pretext calls – recorded by detectives – she had had with men who police “determined were present in the room when the rape occurred”.

Araiza, according to the lawsuit, confirmed in a call in late October that he and the young woman had sex and recommended that she get tested for a sexually transmitted disease.

Detectives guided her through the calls, according to a Times review of text exchanges between her and police.

Attorney Jamahl Kersey, who represents Leonard, said Friday he had no further comment. Lawyer Marc Xavier Carlos, representing Ewaliko, could not be reached on Friday.

Email communications reviewed by The Times show that Gilleon was in contact with the Bills’ general counsel on August 1 and said on August 14 that he would take legal action.

Araiza, whose powerful and accurate kicks in college earned him the nickname “Punt God,” became a starter earlier this week when the Bills released their veteran punter.

In a statement on Thursday, the Bills said the organization recently “became aware of a civil complaint involving Matt from October 2021” and had “conducted a thorough review of this matter.” The statement did not elaborate.

Gileon on Thursday also tweeted a text exchange between him and Araiza’s criminal defense attorney which he says shows an attempt was made to settle before the lawsuit was filed and Araiza was named the Bills’ starting punter.

“Kerry Armstrong is calling my client’s lawsuit a ‘shakedown,’ but he offered money before his client was a Buffalo Bill and we ignored the offer,” attorney Daniel Gilleon tweeted in response to a comment Attorney Armstrong made to The Times about the civil suit. .

In the exchange, he references previous communications with Armstrong and advises him to ask Araiza to hire a civil defense attorney to handle “the current crisis” before a lawsuit, according to the early August texts. Armstrong replies that his client would probably “never be interested in settling down.” Armstrong then says that Araiza’s parents had inquired about the monetary amount Gilleon’s client wanted and warns that if Gilleon “keeps calling the Bills and he gets cut off, there won’t be any trouble.” ‘money to get’.

Gilleon shared the posts hours after his office filed the complaint.

Armstrong, who was in court on Friday morning, told The Times via email that he was “astounded” that Gilleon released the communications.

“The texts make it clear that Matt Araiza was not interested in any type of civil settlement with his accuser. Instead, his PARENTS contacted me personally and asked if I just wanted to know how much money the woman was looking for,” Armstrong said.

No arrests have been made and authorities have not publicly identified any suspects as part of the criminal investigation.

San Diego police referred the case to the district attorney’s office and the state of San Diego initiated a Title IX review in July, more than nine months after the alleged rape. Title IX is the federal inquiry that prohibits discrimination in federally funded educational institutions on the basis of sex. Araiza and Ewaliko are no longer at school and are not required to comply with an investigation.

The NFL’s Personnel Conduct Policy, which prohibits sexual misconduct and outlines procedures for suspected violations, does not apply to incidents that occur before a player is drafted or joins a team. If criminal charges were filed against Araiza, he would then be subject to a league investigation and possible disciplinary action, according to the policy.

“It was a horrific crime, which happens too often,” Gilleon said in a statement. “What makes these crimes different is not just that they were committed by self-proclaimed athletes. Just as gruesome as the crimes, for months several organizations — SDSU, the San Diego Police Department, the San Diego District Attorney, and now the Buffalo Bills — have acted as enablers looking away to deny that my client deserves justice even if the defendants are renowned athletes.

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