Matt Araiza, the former Buffalo Bills kicker who was charged with rape last year, broke his silence Tuesday after prosecutors said he was not present during the alleged incident.
Prosecutors released their report Monday, according to Yahoo Sports. The claims arose when Araiza was a student athlete at San Diego State. An assistant district attorney reportedly explained why they found no evidence to bring charges against Araiza or anyone else charged in the civil lawsuit to the girl and her lawyers.
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«I am aware that the facts of this case have been made public,» Araiza told Pro Football Talk in a statement on Tuesday. «I am deeply pleased with the thorough work of the San Diego district attorney’s office and with all the witnesses who were willing to come forward and tell the truth. I am grateful that the facts of this case provided by the witnesses will prove that what they What I have been saying from the beginning is, in fact, the truth.
«I can only hope that now people will evaluate me on the facts and not on what was falsely claimed in both the civil suit and in the press.
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«I am beyond grateful for the unwavering support of my family and friends. They have been a rock in what has been a very dark eight months for me. However, now that the truth is out, I am in awe of the thousands of emails. and tweets supporting me. It really has been a blessing to know that so many people have now judged me by the facts.»
Araiza was released last August once the allegations came to light. He was cleared of criminal charges in December and the reports helped reveal why prosecutors made the decision.
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Araiza does not face NFL punishment because the alleged incident occurred before the Bills selected him in the 2022 spring draft.