Florida International tight end Jonnu Smith will miss the rest of the season after sustaining severe burns on his upper body, according to the Miami Herald.
Police have arrested Smith’s girlfriend, Mary Gaspar, who is five months pregnant with Smith’s child, for pouring boiling water on him. She has been charged with aggravated battery.
The alleged incident occurred in Smith’s dorm room on Halloween. From the Herald’s summary of Gaspar’s statement to police:
The two argued through the day over the attention Smith was paying 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 one of the top tight ends in the country and is considered an NFL prospect. He was named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s best tight end, this year and last year. He has 39 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns in nine games this season.
Smith has returned to campus since the incident, the Herald reported.