05/24/2013 08:08 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Ex-Stampeder Joffrey Reynolds Faces Jail, Deportation


A former Canadian Football League all-star will be deported after serving 90 days for assaulting his one-time girlfriend.

The Canada Border Service Agency announced Friday afternoon that Joffrey Reynolds will be deported to the U.S. after his time in jail.

He will serve the sentence on weekends and will also be on probation for two years once he has completed his sentence.

"Criminal matters do take precedence over any immigration matter," said Sean Best with the CBSA. "He still has to serve his entire criminal sentence and then, at that point, we can begin the removal process."

Reynolds was found guilty earlier this year of assault causing bodily harm, common assault and unlawfully being in a dwelling.

His former girlfriend testified at his trial that he tried to choke and smother her when she came home and found him in her bed after a night of drinking in July 2012.

The Crown had asked that Reynolds be given two to three years, but his defence lawyer told a Calgary court that his client had already lost his reputation and career and shouldn't be put behind bars.

Reynolds played eight years for the Calgary Stampeders and was the team's all-time leading rusher with 9,213 yards.

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