‘Jersey Shore’: What Happened to Brad Ferro, the Guy Who Punched Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi?

In one of the most tragic moments in Jersey Shore history, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was punched in the face. Jersey Shore fans are curious about what happened to “Snooki’s” assailant, Brad Ferro. Here’s what we know. 

What happened to the guy who punched 'Snooki'
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi | Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

‘Snooki’ was attacked at the bar

During a horrific episode of Jersey Shore Season 1, Polizzi was punched in the face at a local hotspot, Beachcomber Bar and Grill. Just before she was hit, Polizzi’s friend purchased a round of shots for her and her roommates. Unaware of his surroundings, Ferro picked up the shots and started to distribute them to his friends. Polizzi didn’t take kindly to this, so she addressed Ferro.

“[There was] a verbal altercation after which he struck her in the face,” Seaside Heights Det. Steve Korman told the New York Post. “[Nicole] sustained an injury to the inside of her mouth due to the punch.” After being kicked out of Beachcomber, Ferro was arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct. 

The punch united the ‘Jersey Shore’ roommates

Ironically, Polizzi’s assault is what helped her solidify her friendship with the roommates. Up until that point, Polizzi felt left out in the house. Upon her arrival to the Jersey Shore, Polizzi was a wild card. She quickly made it known she was the party girl, and after making a less-than-favorable impression on night one, Polizzi felt like an outsider. 


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When Polizzi was hit in the face, the roommates rallied around her to make sure she was alright. Pauly DelVecchio, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Vinny Guadagnino, and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro followed Ferro and the cops out of the bar screaming, “You really hit a girl like that?” Meanwhile, in the bathroom, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Jenni “JWoww” Farley helped clean Polizzi up. After they returned to the house, the roommates told Polizzi she was part of the family and that they cared for her. 

What happened to Brad Ferro after he punched ‘Snooki’?

Prior to being filmed on Jersey Shore, Ferro was a gym teacher from North Queens Community High School.

A producer who worked on the first two seasons of the show said on Reddit that Ferro received probation and was required to pay a fine. After the footage was released, Ferro was fired from his job as a teacher, according to the New York Post. The news outlet also confirmed that Ferro served six months’ probation and paid a $500 fine.

“This kid has never been in any trouble — ever,” Ferro’s father, Dan, said after the incident. “Thanks to MTV, he got fired. Every other option he would’ve had got cut off. He still has college loans.” 

Ferro eventually apologized for his actions, but that didn’t help his reputation. Ferro’s father says they became exiles in their Long Island community after the show aired. Allegedly, Ferro had difficulty dating and “wasn’t very sociable after [the episode aired].” Ferro joined the military as a Cavalry Scout in 2011 and is presumably still a member of the armed forces.