Immigration judge rules that Reynolds can be released

The Canadian Press

7/18/2012 4:54:06 PM

CALGARY -- An immigration adjudicator has ruled that a former star player with the CFL Calgary Stampeders can be released from custody.

The adjudicator said Joffrey Reynolds does not pose a flight risk, but must abide by certain terms and conditions.

He has to give a permanent address and must advise immigration officials within 48 hours if he moves. He must also report to authorities so they can keep tabs on him.

Reynolds told the adjudicator at a hearing Wednesday that Calgary offers him a greater opportunity to be productive.

He was arrested Saturday in an alleged break-and-enter and domestic assault against a former girlfriend.

It was then learned that his Canadian work permit had expired. He was shackled and handcuffed when he arrived for an initial meeting on the immigration matter on Monday.

He is expected back in provincial court on the criminal charges July 26.

Reynolds is from Texas and played college football at the University of Houston.

He played eight years for the Stampeders and was the team's all-time leading rusher with 9,213 rushing yards. He's a four-time CFL all-star and was a key player in Calgary's 2008 Grey Cup win.

He was released from the club last year but wasn't picked up by any other team.

(CHQR, CTV Calgary)