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05/03/2016 14:00 EDT | Updated 05/04/2017 01:12 EDT

Roughriders defensive lineman Tearrius George abruptly announces CFL retirement

REGINA — Defensive lineman Tearrius George is the latest Saskatchewan Roughrider to announce his retirement this off-season.

George retired Tuesday in a statement issued by the CFL club.

"I am stepping away from the game to focus on a personal issue," George said. "I would ask for people to respect my family's privacy during this time."

On Tuesday came news offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, acquired in February from the Toronto Argonauts, had filed his retirement papers with the CFL. That came less than a month after receiver Maurice Price abruptly retired after reportedly receiving a $30,000 bonus from the Roughriders following his trade from Ottawa.

Chris Jones, Saskatchewan's head coach/GM, said there's a good reason for George's decision to retire.

"Through speaking with Tearrius, we were made aware that he was involved in an incident that has become a police matter," Jones said in a statement. "He subsequently informed us he has decided to retire."

The Riders added they'll no longer comment on the issue because it's now a police matter before the courts.

The six-foot-four, 285-pound George was entering his sixth season with Saskatchewan and ninth in the CFL. He had previously had two stints with Calgary (2007, 2009-10) before signing as a free agent with the Riders.

George also spent time in the NFL with the New York Jets, Dallas (twice), New Orleans and Miami. 

The Canadian Press