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College Football Player Jonnu Smith’s Girlfriend Douses Him With Boiling Water: Police

She allegedly told police she wanted more attention from him

A college football player in Florida is reportedly missing the rest of the season after police said his girlfriend doused him with boiling water.

Jonnu Smith, a senior tight end at Florida International University (FIU), suffered severe burns on his head, neck, back, shoulder and arm on Oct. 31 after his pregnant girlfriend poured a pot of boiling water over his head while the two were fighting inside his dorm room, according to the Miami Herald, which cited an arrest affidavit.

The athlete’s girlfriend, Mary Gaspar, who is five months pregnant with his child, was charged with aggravated battery. She told FIU police that she had been arguing with Smith throughout the day over the “attention Smith was paying her and their relationship,” according to the affidavit. She said she was “feeling extremely emotional and stressed” when she allegedly attacked him.

The severity of Smith’s burns are unclear. He is out for the rest of the season, USA Today reports. FIU did not immediately return a request for comment.

Smith is considered one of the team’s best players with 1,936 career receiving yards and 17 career touchdowns, according to USA Today.

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