Bills coach Sean McDermott addresses Matt Ariza’s rape allegation

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.”

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott during a press conference Friday night.

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.

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