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What Happened to Junior Siavii? Ex-NFL Player Found Dead in Prison

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Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii was found dead in the Leavenworth federal prison in Kansas. Officials revealed that the former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman was awaiting trial.

How Did Junior Siavii Died?

The officials found Junior Siavii unresponsive at a federal prison in Leavenworth on Thursday afternoon. The prison staff treated him and then took him to a nearby medical facility. The hospital pronounced him dead, shortly afterward. The prison did not release much information about the death of the athlete.

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The 43-year-old former football player, Siavii was charged with multiple crimes. The police arrested him in August 2019 for the illegal possession of firearms during an encounter with the same. Moreover, he played a big role in the distribution of methamphetamine in Missouri, as revealed by Federal prosecutors. In addition, he also played a part in a second-degree burglary.

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Junior Siavii’s Football Career

The former American football player, Junior Siavii played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys as well as Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. In addition, he played college football at the University of Oregon. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

In his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs, he collected 12 tackles (4 per loss), a sack, and 3 quarterback pressures. In 2005, he suffered a knee injury in the training camp. As a result, the team placed him on the physically disabled list. Finally, the team discharged him in September 2006. In addition, he had to undergo microfracture surgery on his right knee.

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Junior Siavii spent four seasons in the NFL. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

As a result of his injury, he was out of the game for 2 years. In 2008, he joined the Dallas Cowboys in January 2008 and re-signed with them in 2010. He played in 16 games in a 3-4 defense, as a backup to tackle Jay Ratliff, recording 11 tackles. Lastly, in 2010 he signed with the Seattle Seahawks, to play in a 4-3 defense as a running specialist. In December, the team placed him on the injured reserve list with a spinal cord injury. They finally released him in September 2011.

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