By Peter D'Oench


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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — FIU senior tight end Jonnu Smith is not expected to play another game this season after being doused with boiling water and suffering severe burns.

Jonnu Smith #87 of the Florida International Golden Panthers runs for a touchdown past the attempted tackle by Darryl Randolph #29 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on October 29, 2016 at FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Jonnu Smith #87 of the Florida International Golden Panthers runs for a touchdown past the attempted tackle by Darryl Randolph #29 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on October 29, 2016 at FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

In a fit of anger, Mary Gaspar, his 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend, admitted to police she poured a pot of boiling water onto Smith for not paying enough attention to her. She said the two had been arguing all day and while “feeling extremely emotional and stressed,” she boiled the water and attacked him in his dorm.

Smith is a prospect in next year’s NFL Draft but his skills and career may now have been jeopardized. He suffered burns to his head, neck, back, shoulder and arm.

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

Many students are stunned.

“I’m very surprised that someone would go to those lengths to try to get attention and hurt someone,” said freshman Benjamin O’Flaherty. “It’s not going to make them want to be around that person anymore.”

After pouring the boiling water, Gaspar said she wasn’t done.

According to the arrest report, when Smith still didn’t show a reaction, Gaspar began hitting him with her open hands.

He was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

“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, tying to make a name for himself and protect his family and she took that away from him,” said Maliq Lawrence, a freshman.

Smith is projected as a late round pick or undrafted free agent, CBS News partner The Miami Herald reports.

Gaspar is charged with aggravated battery and is on pre-trial release.

Peter D'Oench

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