Robert Swift left his Seattle foreclosed home under threats of eviction and a sad reminder of what happens when someone’s NBA career is cut short due to injury.
The condition behind the walls is explained as “horrific” and it has raised a few eyebrows.
For example, the mansion is filled with hundreds of beer cans, cigarette butts, 50-plus bullet casings and a handful of guns, dozens of pizza boxes, piles of trash and even a box filled with letters from prestigious colleges that he Swift neglected to even open.
The former Seattle SuperSonics and Oklahoma City Thunder player has left behind a sad and shocking portrayal of his living conditions for the new owners to sort through and clean up.
Outside, the scene isn’t any better. There is an El Camino in the driveway that is unable to move-due to a missing engine. The porch is littered with dog feces and other waste.
There are holes in the interior walls and damage to load-bearing beams-likely the result of a makeshift shooting gallery located in the basement.
It’s borderline disturbing that Swift made approximately $11.5 million during his short-lived basketball career, yet he somehow still resided in this state of squalor.
Unfortunately, Swift just never panned out for the organization. The seven-footer finished his four-year tenure in the Association having averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds over the course of 97 total contests.
He was set to become the starting center for the Sonics in 2006-07 but tore the ACL in his right knee that preseason and missed the entire campaign.
Things were never the same after, as Swift put together two more unproductive years before bouncing down to the D-League.
He even spent a season in Japan before returning to his Seattle-area abode to squat until he was finally forced out.
If you’re interested in seeing more of Swift’s former residence and its horrid condition, you can check out pictures of the scene on Komonews’ website.