LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A former Kansas City Chiefs player died Thursday while being held in a Leavenworth prison, records show.
Saousoalii P. Siavii Jr., better known as Junior Siavii, was charged in federal court in 2019 with three counts of illegally possessing firearms. He was being held in the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth awaiting trial.
Details about his death were not immediately available.
Siavii was drafted by the Chiefs in 2004 in the second round, pick 36 overall, and was cut in 2006.
The defensive tackle later signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and was with the team off and on through 2010. The Seattle Seahawks then claimed him off waivers in 2010, setting a career-high in tackles before he was injured and was released in 2011.
A criminal complaint filed in 2019 alleged that Siavii, an unlawful user of illegal drugs, 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 found 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.