Former NFL defensive tackle Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii died in a Kansas prison while
awaiting trial on federal gun and drug trafficking charges, records show.
in Europethe Klassiker …The Kansas City Star was told by a US Bureau of Prisons
spokesperson that Siavii was found unresponsive on Thursday afternoon.
He was found unresponsive at around 2.35pm, while awaiting trial in a federal prison
in U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.
And he was pronounced dead at a nearby medical hospital, according to the report.
Siavii was awaiting trial after being hit with criminal charges relating to drug
trafficking and illegal firearm possession in 2019.
Anna Armijo, the spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons who spoke with The
Kansas City Star, explained that little details have been released about Siavii’s death.
According to the report, Armijo said “at no time was the public in danger.
Additionally, no other inmates or prison staff were injured.
Siavii was sent to Leavenworth, a medium-security prison, on December 17, 2021.
Siavii later was named in a criminal indictment as being involved in a
methamphetamine drug trafficking conspiracy in Missouri.
The NFL player and eight other co-defendants were charged in the case.
In 2020, Siavii was also hit with another arrest in the same state after allegedly
stealing purses from a home, according to Yahoo! Sports.
He played for the Chiefs for two years and then for the Dallas Cowboys in 2009.
In 2010, he joined the Seattle Seahawks until he suffered a spinal cord injury,
bringing his season to an end