What’s subsequent for Matt Araiza, Bills punter accused of rape?

Speak radio is commonly one of the best ways to take the temperature on how sports activities followers are feeling in the mean time. In Buffalo, there’s treasured little help for the Bills protecting rookie punter Matt Araiza, accused of taking part in a gang rape of a 17-year-old lady final yr when he was attending San Diego State.

Is a punter a giant deal to the Bills?

Nicely, each workforce wants one, however this isn’t like a quarterback. Notably in Buffalo, the place the Bills have such a high-powered offense that they punted two occasions or fewer in seven video games final season. In three of 4 video games on the finish of the season, they didn’t punt in any respect. Not as soon as. In order that’s a lonely job in Buffalo. This workforce is all about star quarterback Josh Allen.

Why did they eliminate the final punter?

They weren’t enamored of the job Matt Haack did final season, though he was a great holder for strong-legged kicker Tyler Bass. So Haack stored his job. The Bills have been on the lookout for an improve, and so they drafted Araiza out of San Diego State. Followers cherished his “Punt God” moniker and thought he’d solely bolster a Tremendous Bowl contender.

How has Araiza performed on the sector to this point?

He punted as soon as, in a preseason recreation in opposition to Indianapolis, and it was a thundering effort. It carried a jaw-dropping 82 yards and into the top zone, counting as a web of 62. Nobody blinked when the Bills launched Haack, who went on to signal with the Colts.

Was Araiza a giant funding?

He was a sixth-round choose and the third punter off the board final spring, signing a four-year settlement price $3.88 million. These offers aren’t assured, however he did obtain a $216,000 signing bonus. Within the NFL, that’s pocket change.

How does his future look with the franchise?

Bleak. He’s not taking part in, and even dressing, for Friday’s exhibition recreation at Carolina. He’s on the stadium, however isn’t carrying something with a Bills emblem on it.

Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza walks on the sideline throughout a preseason recreation in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 13.

(Adrian Kraus / Related Press)

So what’s the sentiment on Buffalo speak radio?

Jeremy White, a morning present host on WGR, mentioned the bulk of people that have referred to as about Araiza need the Bills to let him go.

“I wouldn’t say that there’s no support for him, but the sides are mostly, `Get him out of here. The story is enough. Believe women…’ ” White mentioned. “The only other side of it is, `I want to know what the Bills know. If it’s all so bad, why is he still here?’ There’s almost a little bit of the Bills getting the benefit of the doubt from some of their fans. … `Do they know something that we don’t yet?’ ”

Will the NFL examine this?

Wouldn’t completely rule that out. However the collective bargaining settlement dictates {that a} participant just isn’t topic to the league’s private conduct coverage earlier than he’s drafted. So it could not benefit an NFL investigation. That mentioned, if this case have been a part of an ongoing felony prosecution — it’s at the moment a civil case — that might change the calculus.