A former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle has been found dead in a federal prison in Kansas, bringing tragedy to the sport.
According to prison officials, Saousoalii Siavii Jr., 43, was being imprisoned on allegations of illegal guns possession. Siavii was discovered unresponsive at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth on Thursday, Jan. 13.
The former star was treated by jail personnel and sent to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
In 2004, Kansas City selected the 6-foot-5, 315-pound former Oregon offensive guard in the second round. He played for the Chiefs for two seasons before moving on to Dallas in 2009 and Seattle in 2010.
Siavii was arrested in a Kansas City suburb in August 2019 and accused of being a drug user in possession of guns. Siavii was apprehended when police observed him exiting a reported stolen vehicle, according to authorities.
During the arrest, a stun gun was used on him twice, according to accounts.
Siavii was accused of having a gun, ammo, methamphetamine, and marijuana, according to prosecutors. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri indicted him on other conspiracy and drug-trafficking counts on November 15, 2019, which superseded his initial indictment. Authorities said he was involved in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.
Siavii, who was born in American Samoa, attended Dixie State Junior College for a year before transferring to Butte Community College. He was a two-year starter who earned All-NorCal Conference accolades in 2000.
He was found ineligible in 2001, but he completed his degree for a year before transferring to the University of Oregon.
With only two starts as a junior, he largely served as a reserve defensive tackle, recording 15 tackles (2.5 for loss) and a half-sack. He was chosen a starter on a defensive line that included Igor Olshansky as a senior, and he recorded 43 tackles and two sacks.
Siavii was drafted in the second round (36th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He struggled as a rookie despite being anticipated to be a run-stopper on the defensive line. He has 12 tackles (four for loss), one sack, and three quarterback pressures on the season.
In 2005, a knee injury he sustained during training camp curtailed his playing time. He appeared in 14 games and had 15 tackles and three quarterback pressures to his credit.
Siavii’s knee issues persisted throughout 2006, causing him to be placed on the injured list due to his inability to play. He was eventually waived in late 2006, and his right knee required microfracture surgery.
Siavii was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2009 after spending years out of the league, and the following season he joined the Seattle Seahawks, where he started six games in what would be his greatest and final season in the NFL.
There are still no details on the causes that contributed to his demise