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Former NFL player dies awaiting trial in Kansas jail

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (WDAF) – A former Kansas City Chiefs football player died Thursday while being held in a Leavenworth jail, records show.

Saousoalii P. Siavii Jr., better known as Junior Siavii, was charged in federal court in 2019 with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms. He was being held at Leavenworth US Penitentiary awaiting trial.

Details of his death were not immediately available.

Siavii was drafted by the Chiefs in 2004 in the second round as the 36th overall pick. He was then dropped from the team in 2006.

The defensive tackle then signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and was with the team on and off until 2010. The Seattle Seahawks then claimed him off waivers in 2010. He set a career high with the Seahawks before being injured, then released in 2011.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 17: Defensive tackle Junior Siavii #94 of the Kansas City Chiefs dives to recover the fumble past New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning #10 in the first quarter of the game at Giants Stadium on the 17th December 2005 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

A criminal complaint filed in 2019 alleged that Siavii was arrested three times while in possession of both illegal drugs and loaded firearms. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who is an illegal drug user to possess firearms or ammunition.

Court documents say police were called to a parking lot on US Highway 40 where Siavii was getting out of a stolen vehicle. Officers said Siavii disregarded their orders and an officer deployed his Taser on Siavvi twice.

Police reported finding a loaded pistol, ammunition and other drugs in Siavii’s possession. The complaint cites other incidents in which Siavii was arrested while in possession of illegal drugs and firearms.


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