The Buffalo Bills made the only decision they could make on Friday night: He didn’t play painter Matt Araiza In their preseason final against the Panthers in Carolina, which they lost 21–0.
Ariza was accused of In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Southern California For participating in the gang rape of the then 17-year-old woman. He has not been charged, but Bill in good conscience could not prepare Ariza given the circumstances.
Sean McDermott, a clearly upset and drained coach Spent nine minutes answering questions about the situationAnd while he didn’t go into much detail about anything, and continued to go back to standard pat answers, it was enough to point out that he fully recognized the seriousness of what’s going on.
“Understand that a game was just played, but I want to talk about something that’s more important, which is what one of our team members is going through with Matt Ariza,” McDermott said. “It’s a situation that’s extremely serious, just difficult and it’s not a situation that I or we take lightly. I understand the sensitivity of the situation. And it’s clear that we have the tools to figure this out. We have to work and we’re going to do that.”
McDermott was beset with questions, but he persevered — as he often does — by revealing the inner workings of One Bills Drive.
He was asked several times what the team knew when he first found out about the allegations surrounding Ariza, whether the hollow statements made at this point in time are enough, and whether Ariza is the team’s leader going forward. will be a member.
His singular answer was, “Respect your question, but I’m not going to go into details.”
When asked how Bill’s female fans in particular were feeling, she said, “Again, this is not a situation we take lightly. I’m hurt, I understand they’re hurt. And It’s emotional. It’s not easy to hear about everything I’ve heard over the past several hours. Haven’t slept much to be honest with you.”
Several times he said “we have to work” in the context of trying to figure out what really happened, and the team apparently didn’t know anything until recently.
“It’s a matter of trying to find the truth at the end of the day, isn’t it?” They said. “That is the goal to seek the truth and do the right thing. And the same thing keeps coming to my mind again and again and my heart finds the truth to the best of its capacity and does the right thing.”
The right thing to do might be to cut Ariza off and move on, and when asked about this and about Ariza’s character, she said, “I’m not going to get into who Matt is and his character. Characters and all kinds of stuff like that. I don’t think it’s okay right now. I can tell you this, my heart and thoughts and prayers go out to the people involved. And that includes Matt, both sides involved and the victims and all those involved. Our prayers go out to them.”
During the game, Ariza released a statement through her agent that read: “The facts of the incident are not those portrayed in the trial or the press. I look forward to setting the record straight quickly.”
Obviously these next few days are going to be very interesting.