“Bigger Than Football”: Buffalo Bills GM Offers Insight Into Matt Araiza Situation After Team Releases ‘Punt God’ on Account of Shocking Allegations

Published 08/28/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

In the wake of new developments, the Buffalo Bills made an unfortunate move over Matt Araiza. After a lawsuit against the rookie athlete came to light, the franchise cut any ties with the punter. In precise terms, the Punt God’s time in Bills ended before it even began. After the move, GM Brandon Beane kept his insights on the termination of the athlete.

On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills GM and Head Coach Sean McDermott appeared in a press conference. GM Beane announced the release just under 48 hours after a civil lawsuit named Matt Araiza. The Bills’ rookie punter is one of three people in the misconduct charges while being a student at San Diego State University.

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Matt Araiza is off the charts

During the media scrum, Beane called the Araiza situation “bigger than football.” Moreover, as per Albert Breer, the GM claims that neither his team nor the NFL was conscious of the reports that Matt Araiza was involved in it before the draft. They also sought ‘double-digit teams’ to see if they knew, but neither of them did. 

As per Associated Press, the franchise’s resolution to part ways with the 22-year-old is a stunning turnaround. It is coming only two days after they defended the player based on the outcome of a rigorous investigation of the charges in the complaint. The Bills were reportedly told of the claims in July, but they kept Araiza on their training camp roster.

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The lawsuit has shocking allegations against the athlete whom everyone called Punt God. But He and his attorneys dispute the allegations.

Ex-NFL Punter wasn’t rooting for Matt Araiza’s nickname

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Matt Araiza getting picked by the Buffalo Bills was like a shocker. He was the 180th overall choice in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Araiza got the name ‘Punt God’ after setting an NCAA record with a 51.2-yard punt average in 2021. He got 62 touchbacks in 73 kickoffs. But Pat McAfee was not digging the moniker as his punt god was someone else — That being Shane Lechler. 

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Despite his difference, the legendary punter and current WWE commentator praised him. He called Matt an outstanding athlete with a monstrous leg. McAfee also said he is looking forward to seeing him adapt his punting approach to the League. But Araiza hit a twist of fate and is now off the NFL. Will he get another chance? It is subject to witness.

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He began writing while working for an online news portal and holds a Master's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Although Pavitra enjoys watching WWE, Gronk and Brady turned him into an NFL aficionado.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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