Florida International tight end Jonnu Smith, the team’s second-leading receiver and a possible 2017 NFL draft pick, will not play another game for the Panthers after his girlfriend dumped a pot of boiling water on him in his dorm room.
Smith suffered severe burns to his head, neck, back, shoulder and arm, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald’s David Neal.
Mary Gaspar, who is five months pregnant with Smith’s child, told police that she and Smith had been arguing throughout the day on Halloween.
Explaining that she was feeling “feeling extremely emotional and stressed,” she boiled a pot of water and then dumped it on him, also hitting him with open hands. Police have charged Gaspar with aggravated battery.
A four-year starter from Ocala, Fla., Smith is fifth in career receptions (175) and receiving yards (1,936) and third in touchdown catches (17) at the Miami school.
As a sophomore in 2014, he led all FBS tight ends in receiving yards (710), catches (61) and touchdowns (eight).
According to Neal, some NFL draft projections see him as a late-round pick next year.