Former Chiefs lineman Junior Siavii charged with illegal firearms
Kansas City, MISSOURI — A former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle was charged Monday in federal court for possession of illegal firearms.
Federal prosecutors charged Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii, 40, of Independence with three counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms.
Siavii — a 2004 second-round draft pick by the Chiefs, widely regarded as one of the franchise's biggest busts — was arrested Saturday in Independence when a witness spotted a stolen vehicle with Siavii allegedly inside.
As police approached the vehicle, Siavii — a 6-foot-5, 330-pound native of American Samoa, who played in college at the University of Oregon — allegedly refused commands, prompting officers to use a Taser on him.
Court documents allege that, as Siavii attempted to get up, a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol fell from his person and a fight ensued between Siavii and officers as they attempted to put the weapon out of his reach.
It wasn’t until another officer was able to put Siavii in a neck restraint, which caused Siavii to briefly lose consciousness, that officers were able to handcuff him.
In a search of Siavii’s backpack, officers located ammunition, 5.2 grams of methamphetamine, 12.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Siavii remains in federal custody pending a bond hearing.