(1090 The Fan) – Former Seattle Sonics’ first-round pick Robert Swift is reportedly refusing to vacate an Eastside house he lost to foreclosure.
KOMO News reports Swift is well past the grace period to leave and the new owner of the Sammamish house is in the process of getting a King County Sheriff’s Deputy to physically remove the former Bakersfield High School star from the property.
A KOMO reporter tried to speak with Swift on Wednesday but was denied access by a woman claiming to be Swift’s girlfriend. The woman told the reporter Swift could not answer questions because he was sleeping.
The new owner, who bought the home in January for half of what Swift paid, says there are cans of beer all over the grass in front of the home. She says there is a bullet hole in the garage door window and the cars in driveway look like they haven’t moved in months.
The home was foreclosed in the summer of 2012, according to KOMO.
Swift, 27, was drafted by the Sonics fresh out of high school in 2004 and looked to be the future center of the franchise. His rookie season was nothing to brag about, and after an average second NBA season, Swift ruptured his ACL in a 2006 preseason game and subsequently missed the entire year. He only played eight games for the 2007-08 team (the final Sonics team), and would be released by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009.
Swift has one week to respond before the King County Sheriff’s Department takes action, according to KOMO.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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