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FIU Panthers Football Player Doused With Boiling Water, Allegedly by Pregnant Girlfriend

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Jonnu Smith, Mary Gaspar (Getty Images/Police mug shot)

By    |   Friday, 11 Nov 2016 10:49 AM

FIU Panthers football is in hot water after its star player's career was cut short last month when his pregnant girlfriend allegedly doused him with boiling water.

Florida International University senior tight end and NFL prospect Jonnu Smith sustained bad burns on his head, neck, back, a shoulder, and an arm in the Halloween incident, the Miami Herald reported. Mary Gaspar, who is reportedly five months pregnant with Smith's child, was charged with aggravated battery and had pleaded not guilty, according to the newspaper.

Here's the Herald's account of the arrest affidavit, which includes a statement Gaspar gave officers:

"The two argued through the day over the attention Smith was paying to her and their relationship. While in Smith’s dorm room and 'feeling extremely emotional and stressed,' she told police, she boiled a pot of water. Then, she walked over to Smith and poured it on him . . . When Smith didn’t react strongly enough for her, she started hitting him with her open hands, she told police."

Smith is reportedly a top offensive prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, though it's not clear how severe his injuries are and whether they will impact his playing ability in the future.

According to the Herald, Smith has been seen back on FIU campus, but he’s not been back on the football field since the October incident.

“I think it’s extremely ridiculous and very sad because he has burns for the rest of his life,” Jocelyn Woolbright, a junior at Florida International University, told CBS Miami.

Woolbright wasn’t the only student to offer such a reaction.

“It’s baffling to me the fact that she was mad that he was not showing enough attention to someone who was just trying to provide for them, one of the stars of the football team, trying to make a name for himself and protect his family and she took that away from him,” said Maliq Lawrence, a freshman.

Gaspar has been released on a pretrial release order.

Smith finishes his college football career fifth in career receptions (175) and career receiving yards (1,936) at FIU, and third in touchdown catches (17), according to the Miami Herald.

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