A recent WWE signee has been accused of sexual assault and dismissed from the state wrestling team.
Back in December, WWE announced the signing of 15 college athletes on on NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) deals, with the aim being that the company’s “Next In Line” program will offer a pathway between college sports and the sports entertainment giant.
The recruits came from 13 universities, seven NCAA conferences and four different sports.
One of these recruits was amateur wrestler AJ Ferrari.
It has now been reported, and confirmed by the Stillwater Police Department that Ferrari is a suspect in a sexual assault case dating back to July 2nd.
“The case is currently under investigation by our Criminal Investigation’s Unit,” the release said. “SPD is committed to thoroughly investigating these cases. Once the investigation is complete the case will be submitted to the Payne County Distric Attorney’s Office for consideration of filing charge.”
An unnamed woman filed a protective order against Ferrari in Payne County Court on July 5th.
AJ Ferrari has also been dismissed from the Oklahoma State Wrestling team, although according to Pistols Firing, a source claimed that this was a result of a “accumulation” of issues.
Ferrari had been the number one wrestling recruit out of high school and was 30-1 in his career at Oklahoma State up to this point. In his national championship true freshman season he ended with a 20-1 record, and was 10-0 as a sophomore before a car crash resulting in a shoulder injury ended his campaign.