On Wednesday, the San Diego District Attorney announced that former Bills punter Matt Araiza won’t face criminal charges for rape. Araiza has issued a press release expressing an intention to resume playing pro football.
“I’m grateful that the District Attorney and the San Diego Police Department have discovered all of the facts and located no criminal wrongdoing,” Araiza said in a press release issued by his agent, Joe Linta. “I’m excited to proceed my NFL profession.”
The Bills cut Araiza in late August, after media reports brought the alleged gang rape to light. The Bills explained that Araiza should focus resolving his legal entanglements.
It stays to be seen whether an NFL team is willing to sign him. Araiza stays a defendant in a civil case alleging rape. Despite the fact that he faces no NFL discipline since the incident happened before he was drafted, the query becomes whether any team will need to assume a P.R. problem for an interchangeable position like punter.
Some may resolve to attend until the civil case is over. Some may not consider him in any respect. Nevertheless, it plays out, time will tell.