Former NFL Player Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii Found Dead in Leavenworth Prison While Awaiting Trial

January 15, 2022

By: Matthew Burkhead

Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii, the former professional football player was found dead on Thursday after prison staff discovered his body unresponsive as he awaited trial on several federal charges related to drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession.

Siavii was 43 when prison staff found him unresponsive at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth around 2:35 p.m., Anna Armijo, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, claimed in a statement. After being treated by prison medical staff, Siavii was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to Armijo, no staff or other inmates were injured, and “at no time was the public in danger.” However, details surrounding Siavii’s death were not immediately revealed.

Siavii was transferred to the medium-security prison in Leavenworth, housing many recent prisoner transfers following the end of a federal contract with a nearby private facility run by CoreCivic.

In his career Siavii played with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and at the University of Oregon.