Brad Ferro had his 15 minutes of fame back in 2009 after he infamously punched Snooki in the face during an unforgettable (and truly traumatic) episode of Jersey Shore. While the incident had a lasting impression on Brad — more on that later — it didn't exactly have the same emotional impact on Snooks.
In Touch previously caught up with the mama-of-two, 30, and she revealed what she would say to Brad if the two came face-to-face today. "I don't know! I never really thought about it — just like, 'Dude, why would you do that?' You know, like obviously he was blacked out and didn't know what he was doing, but I mean — s–t like that happens at bars sometimes. So I guess I would say, 'I forgive you, but that really hurt!'"
The last time we heard from Brad was in 2011 — when his father revealed that he joined the army. Brad was just 24 years old when he worked as a gym teacher at the North Queens Community High School, and struggled with finding a job after the incident, his father revealed back in the day. “My son made them famous,” his father, Dan, told the Post. “They made a lot of money off of him, and I think they owe him.”
His father claimed that he joined the army because he was unable to find employment anywhere else due to his notoriety from the episode. After the episode aired, Brad — who had never been arrested before the incident — insisted that the moment in time was not indicative of who he is as a person.
“When I saw the video, I was sick to my stomach. I couldn’t believe that I’d ever do anything like that. I was raised to act in a respectful manner to women,” he said. “I remember very little from the time of the incident.”
Brad was found guilty of assault, paid a $500 fine, spent 6 months on probation, completed court-mandated anger management — and, at the time, seemed remorseful of his actions. “I’m very sorry for what happened,” he said. “I deeply regret what happened. Nobody deserves that. That was not the real Brad Ferro.”
In 2013 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now, Snooki called the ordeal “scary,” though she previously praised MTV for airing the clip (which has since been removed from the episode). “It should be out there. Everyone should know that it can happen,” the now-mom-of-two said in 2009. “But also, a positive came out of it — it brought the cast closer together.”