Brady Hoke, San Diego State Athletic Director JD Wicker Duck Questions On Araiza Civil Suit

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Former San Diego State punter Matt Araiza was at the center of the NFL world last week for all the wrong reasons. The 2021 Ray Guy award winner is one of the defendants in a civil suit alleging the gang-rape of a 17-year-old girl while Araiza was in college.

The Bills allegedly knew of the investigation prior to the news becoming public, but only cut Araiza last week following the news. He was named the team’s starting punter the week prior. While the Bills are now moving forward with other options, San Diego State is dealing with the fallout from the news.

Though the university doesn’t appear to be dealing with it all that well.

Brady Hoke, JD Wicker Ditch Press Conference Amid Questions About Investigation

San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke was scheduled for his weekly press conference prior to the Aztecs’ season-opening game against Arizona. Athletic Director JD Wicker also attended the media availability.

Wicker began by issuing a statement on the investigation. Hoke then read a prepared statement of his own.

But those in attendance say the pair declined to answer questions about the investigation. When faced with question, they opted to get up and leave the room.

Though Wicker did eventually return and answer questions on the matter.

Hoke eventually returned as well. Though unlike Wicker he did not answer questions regarding the investigation. Instead he intended to limit the discussion to the Aztecs’ upcoming season.

Araiza issued a statement on the case over the weekend. Though neither he nor the other two defendants, Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko, have spoken publicly. Neither Leonard nor Ewaliko are listed on the Aztecs’ 2022 roster despite remaining eligibility.

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