The American Ninja Warrior community was shaken to its core by the criminal charges and arrest of competitor Drew Drechsel, season 11’s winner.
NBC has now released a statement on the situation, including his removal from the upcoming season of the show, which was filmed July 13-23 in St. Louis, MO.
From NBCUniversal and A. Smith & Co:
We are shocked and disturbed to learn about the charges alleged against Drew Drechsel. American Ninja Warrior is a family show that has inspired countless people, and we will not let the actions of one contestant tarnish the hard work and amazing stories of so many. Moving forward, the American Ninja Warrior brand will sever all ties with Mr. Drechsel, including his appearance on future seasons of the show.
We cannot fully describe the pain we feel for the victim. We’re shattered for all the fans and athletes who looked up to this individual.