WWE has not commented on the status of NIL (Next In Line) athlete AJ Ferrari after he was released from Oklahoma State’s wrestling squad earlier this week due to an allegation of sexual assault.
Ferrari was announced as part of the inaugural WWE NIL class in December. The 6-foot, 200-pound Class of 2024 and Dallas NCAA wrestling champion is still listed on the WWE NIL website as of this writing.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys announced on Wednesday that Ferrari had been released from the wrestling program after the Stillwater Police Department announced that their criminal investigation department was investigating a sexual assault report against Ferrari.
Ferrari recently received an emergency protection order against him. The protective order was filed on July 5 by a Stillwater woman, then granted by Judge Katherine Thomas later the same day. The woman accused Ferrari of unwanted sexual touching and reported it to the Stillwater Police Department.
The SPD report notes, “On Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 4 p.m., the Stillwater Police Department responded to an investigation report into a sexual assault that occurred within our jurisdiction. The suspect in the case has been identified as Albert James Ferrari Jr. The case is currently being investigated by our Criminal Investigation Unit. The SPD is committed to thoroughly investigating these cases. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be submitted to the Payne County District Attorney’s Office for review of filing charges.
Ferrari lawyer Derek Chance denies the allegations.
“The allegations against AJ are false,” Chance wrote in a statement to The Stillwater News Press. “It is unfortunate that a student athlete can become a target, mainly because of their status as an elite athlete. AJ is cooperating with law enforcement and is confident the truth will come out. He enjoyed his time at Okla State, but he and the University mutually agreed that a change was appropriate.
A hearing is currently scheduled for Monday July 18 for a full protective order against Ferrari.
The Payne County District Attorney’s Office noted that as of Wednesday they had not received a Ferrari-related case and no criminal charges had been submitted for review, but that may change as the SPD investigation continues.
2020 NCAA champion Ferrari missed most of last season due to a car accident.
Ferrari was one of the NIL athletes WWE touted when announcing its inaugural class in December.
Ferrari has been quiet on Twitter since July 9, but continues to post updates on Instagram. He has not publicly commented on the allegation. You can see Ferrari’s new Instagram post below about how he’s recovering from his car accident, as well as his original WWE NIL post from December:
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