The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the retirement of star defensive end Tearrius George, after the team found out he was involved in a criminal matter.
“Through speaking with Tearrius, we were made aware that he was involved in an incident that has become a police matter,” general manager and head coach Chris Jones said in a news release Tuesday. “He subsequently informed us he has decided to retire.”
Regina police confirmed that 33-year-old George has been charged with assault for an incident that took place on April 28.
According to police, George and his partner got into an argument which heated up to the point that George allegedly grabbed her throat and pushed her against the wall. A one-year-old child was present at the time.
Police say the 33-year-old woman did not sustain any apparent injuries, but after investigation, George was arrested. He is facing one count of assault and will appear in court on May 12.
In the Roughrider release announcing his retirement, George asked for privacy.
“I am stepping away from the game to focus on a personal issue.”
Jones told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the decision to retire was George’s decision alone.
“It wasn’t a Rider decision, I mean, it was a decision where Tearrius decided this was what’s best for he and his family.”
According to the CFL, George’s retirement from the league does not preclude him from the CFL’s violence against women policy.
“The policy was followed diligently by the Riders,” a league spokesmen said in an email, adding both George and his partner have been offered counselling.
George signed a free agent contract with the Roughriders in 2011. He won the Grey Cup with the team in 2013.