Former NFL player Junior Siaviii found dead in prison while waiting trial

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Former NFL defensive tackle Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii died in a Kansas prison while awaiting trial for federal gun and drug trafficking charges. Siavii, who was only 46, was found unresponsive in his cell at Levenworth prison Thursday according to the US Bureau of Prison spokeswoman Anna Armijo.

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Armijo continued to tell The Kansas City Star that no one else was injured and there was no threat to the public. There hasn't been any further information released on the incident.

Siaviii was arrested back in August of 2019 when police spotted him in the Kansas City suburb of Independence in a car that was reported stolen. When officers stopped him, the 6'5 300-plus pounder started to fight off officers as they tried to arrest him. After teasing him twice, authorities were finally able to subdue Siaviii, putting him in a head restraint until he was unconscious.

When police searched the car, they found marijuana, methamphetamine, ammo, and an unregistered firearm.

This was not Siaviii's first run-in with the law. He was arrested twice for possession of illegal drugs and loaded firearms, according to the criminal complaint. It was also said that the former Chief was involved in a major meth ring in Missouri.

Sivaiii, a native of American Samoa, was drafted 36th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs out of the University of Oregon. He didn't last that long with the team, being cut in 2006. He signed with the Cowboys in 2008, playing for them until 2010.

His last stint in the NFL was back in 2011 when the Seahawks claimed him off waivers. Sivaiii had a career-high in tackles but got injured and was soon released by the team.

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