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Girlfriend lashed out in jealous rage, Reynolds testifies

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CALGARY -- A one-time CFL all-star testified Friday his former girlfriend was in a jealous rage during a confrontation that led to assault charges against him.

Testifying in his own defence, Joffrey Reynolds said Kaitlin Ward was angry over his cheating. He said it began when the two were at a private party held by Calgary Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis and continued after Ward had left the bar on the morning last July 12.

Ward has testified Reynolds broke into her condo and tried to choke and strangle her when she told him to leave.

But Reynolds, 33, who was a running back with the Stampeders, said he had moved back in with Ward. He said she started punching him and screaming when she found him there after coming home from a party.

He testified he had a lot to drink and was asleep as soon as he got to Ward's place. "I passed out immediately," said Reynolds. "I feel someone hitting me. She was hitting me to wake me up."

Reynolds said Ward did demand he leave, but relented and told him to sleep on the couch because he had nowhere else to go. But he said she was getting angrier and louder.

"She's agitated. She says I'm a cheater and a liar and she's yelling by now. I had my back turned to her and she hits me in the back and the head," Reynolds told the court.

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

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2013 C6

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