The professional football world was rocked once again this week as a former Kansas City Chiefs player was found dead in his prison cell, where he was awaiting trial.
According to the Daily Caller, Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii, 43, a defensive lineman who played for the Chiefs, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Seattle Seahawks before embarking on a life of poor decisions, was found dead in a cell at Leavenworth Prison, a medium-security facility located in Kansas.
According to NBC News, the former NFL star was found unresponsive in his cell, which prompted guards to attempt life-saving actions, including calling emergency medical services.
He was officially pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to reports.
Unfortunately, the circumstances regarding Siavii’s death are either still unknown or are not yet being reported, as information concerning his passing is scarce.
Saousoalii Siavii appeared in 26 games with the Chiefs in 2004-05. https://t.co/5CoPAtecY2
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) January 14, 2022
The Associated Press requested comment from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), but the outlet’s request wasn’t returned. Similar requests to his attorney were not returned, either.
What is known is that Siavii was detained in December 2021 on pretrial charges related to illegal possession of firearms.
As a standout lineman at the University of Oregon, Siavii, a massive 6-foot-5, 315-pound player, went by the nickname “Junior,” as USA Today noted.
His talent was recognized by NFL scouts, with the Chiefs picking him up in the second round of the 2004 draft. He would spend two seasons in Kansas City, and in 2009 he moved to the Dallas Cowboys. It was in 2010 that he ended his career in Seattle with the Seahawks organization.
“In August 2019, Siavii was arrested and later charged with being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms after suburban Kansas City police say he was spotted exiting a vehicle reported stolen and fighting with officers, who used a stun gun on him twice during the arrest. Prosecutors alleged Siavii possessed a gun, ammunition, methamphetamine and marijuana,” the USA Today report added.
The NFL seems to have an endemic with regard to current and former players turning to a life of crime, which is beyond perplexing to the casual observer, given their professional sports status and oftentimes, extreme wealth.