REGINA (CP) -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released running back Hakim Hill five days after he was arrested in the United States on suspicion of drunk and disorderly conduct.
"Hakim and his family are fine people and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this process," Roughriders GM Eric Tillman said in a statement Thursday. "Nevertheless, we have a moral responsibility to place the good name of our organization ahead of any individual circumstance."
The Arizona Republic reported on its website Thursday that Hill was involved in an early-morning shouting match on Feb. 24 outside a motel in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The match involved Hill's brother, Roughriders receiver Khalil Hill, and as many as two women.
After police responded to the motel disturbance, Hakim Hill greeted officers outside and tried to pay an officer for a ride.
"(Hakim Hill) said he would give me money if I drove him to the area of Scottsdale and McDonald roads," the officer wrote in his report.
"Hill then pulled a wad of cash out of his pocket and showed it to me. I told him I was a police officer and not a taxi cab."
Hill has had a history of off-field problems. While with the Toronto Argonauts in 2005, Hill was arrested and charged with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol in Scottsdale.
Hill's college career came to an abrupt end after he was arrested and charged following a fight with police officers, resulting in his dismissal from Northern Iowa University. Previously Hill was kicked out of Arizona State University for breaking team rules.