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Former Seahawks Player Found Dead In Prison

Saousoalii Siavii, Jr.

Saousoalii Siavii Jr., 43, was found unresponsive at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth last Thursday afternoon, U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Anna Armijo said in a statement. Siavii was treated by prison staff and taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

From American Samoa, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound former Oregon lineman was drafted by Kansas City in the second round in 2004 and spent two seasons with the Chiefs. He played for Dallas in 2009 and Seattle. In 2011, he was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks and a career-high in tackles before he was injured and was released that same year.

Saousoalii P. Siavii, Jr., also known as “Junior,” 40, of Independence, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., with three counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms. This happened in August of 2019, after suburban Kansas City police spotted him exiting a vehicle that had been reported stolen. 

Siavii also fought with officers, who used a stun gun on him twice during the arrest. Prosecutors alleged that Siavii possessed a gun, ammunition, methamphetamine and marijuana. Siaviii had just been transferred to the medium-security prison in Leavenworth on Dec. 17.

The prison did not release additional details about Siavii’s death, but was said to ‘never’ be a problem for staff or other inmates. The penitentiary has seen an influx of prisoners after the federal contract with CoreCivic ended recently. No prison staff or inmates were injured and “at no time was the public in danger.”

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