Ex-NFL player Junior Siavii found dead in prison while awaiting trial

Ex-NFL player Junior Siavii found dead in prison while awaiting trial


Former NFL defensive tackle Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii died in a Kansas prison while awaiting trial on federal gun and drug trafficking charges, records show.

Siavili, 43, was found unresponsive Thursday in the US Penitentiary in Leavenworth just after 2:30 p.m., US Bureau of Prison spokeswoman Anna Armijo told The Kansas City Star.

No details surrounding the ex-Kansas City Chiefs player’s death were immediately available.

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Armijo said no prison staff or inmates were injured and “at no time was the public in danger,” the Star reported.

Siaviii was arrested in August 2019 after police spotted him driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in the Kansas City suburb of Independence.

Prosecutors said the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Siavii fought off officers, who tased

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