Solemn news came out of Leavenworth, Kansas, on January 13, 2022.

“A former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle was found dead in a Kansas federal prison where he was being held on charges of illegal firearms possession,” reported the Associated Press via ESPN.

That ex-Chief was Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii, a second-round draft pick of KC in 2004.

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Details Behind Death

There has not been too much information released pertaining to the death of Siavii at this time. Bill Lukitsch and Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star wrote:

Siavii, 43, was found unresponsive at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth around 2:35 p.m, Anna Armijo, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said in a statement. He was treated by prison staff and taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Few details were immediately disclosed about the circumstances surrounding his death. Armijo said no staff or other inmates were injured and ‘at no time was the public in danger.’

The prison did not choose to release additional details, per the ESPN report.

Makenzie Koch of FOX 4 News detailed Siavii’s arrest.

She reported: “A criminal complaint filed in 2019 alleged that Siavii had been arrested on three occasions in which he was in possession of both illegal drugs and loaded firearms. Under federal law, it’s illegal for anyone who is an unlawful drug user to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Court documents say police were called to a parking lot on U.S. 40 Highway where Siavii was getting out of a stolen vehicle. Officers said Siavii disregarded their commands, and an officer deployed his Taser on Siavvi twice. Police reported finding a loaded pistol, ammunition and other drugs in Siavii’s possession.”

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Siavii’s Brief NFL Career

After setting high NFL expectations out of Oregon, Siavii struggled to find his place in the professional world.

The 6-foot-5 defensive tackle was known for his run-stuffing ability but he only totaled 15 tackles (four for a loss) in two seasons with Kansas City. He added one …read more



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Former Chiefs Second-Round Draft Pick ‘Found Dead in Federal Prison’

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