Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm  |  41 responses

Former NBA Player Robert Swift Refuses to Leave His Foreclosed Home

Robert Swift, the colorful big man who hooped in the NBA for 4 seasons, apparently refuses to vacate a home that has been foreclosed. Komo News has the depressing tale (via Deadspin): “Former Seattle Sonic Robert Swift made a reported $20 million during his NBA career, but things haven’t gone as well for the first-round draft pick in recent years. Swift lost his home to foreclosure, but apparently refuses to leave. ‘And it seems like a very sad story and I definitely feel for him,’ said the new owner, who wanted to hide her identity. She thought she knew what she was getting when she bought the foreclosed home in January. Cans of beer dot the grass outside the home. A bullet hole pierced the garage window at some point. ‘Cars that don’t look like they’ve moved in a long time,’ she noted. Water festers in buckets outside of what was once a million dollar home in a wealthy Eastside suburb. [...] Property and court records show that owner was Robert Swift, the Sonics number-one draft pick in 2004. He played for Seattle, Oklahoma City, and eventually in Japan. But despite making a reported $20 million playing hoops, the Problem Solvers found records showing Swift’s home fell into foreclosure last summer. The new owner bought it in January for nearly half the original price.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    “The new owner bought it in January for nearly half the original price.” lol damn.

  • LakeShow

    I know the guy. Friend of a friend.

    It’s sad. BUT

    We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again.

    Athletes need to start realizing this is an epidemic.

  • analfissures

    My dad and I were wondering lately what happened to this guy. Watched him play (even though he never really “played”, he was always “injured”) for OKC when the team first moved here. Then he disappeared.

  • Seth

    How he managed to make 20 million is what I’d like to know.

  • RayJr

    Can you give more details. It’s always interesting to hear how these guys squander away so much money.

  • RayJr

    Wow he turned that place into a frat house.

  • #13

    They don’t know the meaning of financial responsibility

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    That’s why I think it’s smart that the NBA is trying to start with their rookies by hosting the transition program where they help them learn how to manage finances, deal with the NBA schedule, etc.

  • LakeShow

    I wish I could say it was him giving his family houses and cars and giving to much to charity… or something, but it’s the same old story.

    Guns, tattoos, housing he could not afford and then toss drugs/alcohol on top.

    Money goes fast when you are partying every single night.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    If you’re 7 ft and have picked up a basketball before, the money will magically appear. Just ask Kwame Brown.

  • Shogun

    Yep. College used to solve many of these problems b/c people become used to living on a budget, earn their money a little more (so to speak), maybe take an accounting or financial class or two, and just become more mature in general. BUT, instead we get this. A lot of this.

  • caldwell bankers

    Wait…he bought a $1,000,000 home with THAT type of siding? As soon as they start allowing high school kids to go to the league again I am going to become a real estate agent for 18 year old millionaires and get P-A-I-D off rich idiots like this.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he didn’t. he made 11.4 million.

  • kwamepooh

    11.4 mio for someone who played 97 games averaging 4 ppg is ridiculous and this fool is wasting this money. smh

  • RipCity

    seattle is more expensive than kansas

  • RayJr

    And probably supporting a lot of “friends” habits.

  • KingBenjamin

    A poor man’s Chris Andersen, literally.

  • Chukaz

    Instead of forcing HS kids to spend a year or 2 playing in a college that doesn’t care about their academic performance, they should allow those that look like their gonna be special to workout with an expert and give them business classes. You pay the dude that trained Jordan, Kobe, T-Mac and those dudes in chicago to train the top 5-15 HS kids for a year so they actually develop their game and you pay someone to teach them some finance and accounting. Schools care about having their kids play so sometimes they take it easy on them academically. If the league hires a guy to teach them, he’ll have to incentive to give them a barely passing grade so they can play. The top guys come in better prepared physically and with a better understanding of how to handle their money. Seems like a win to me.

  • tru

    Charity doesn’t bankrupt people. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t write it off on their taxes. Even the worst accountant does that for you. These guys are just irresponsible. It’s hard to feel sorry for any of them.

  • tru

    The NBA and the union have been doing some form of this for many years now. They just don’t listen.

  • Rick

    Quit drinking booze. More to life than basketball and overpriced homes. Move on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    to be honest I feel like the nfl produces the same results and they have a minimum of three years for players to be draft eligible. I mean look at Antoine Walker he spent two years in school blew his money. Jordan would be broke if he wasn’t Jordan due to his gambling issues. Lebron IMO is a way better business than Jordan was at this time in his career or at least just as good, and he didn’t spend a lick of time in college. To me alot of players suck with their money they are probably just so good and make so much money it negates the issue.

  • ATL dynamite

    Look at that old v new comparison of the house. WOW.

  • Cameron

    Jordan also didn’t make the money LeBron was outta high school. Jordan first 3 years i think were about 400,00-600,00 a season. Nike probably wasn’t paying him that much either.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Sr.

    Is LeBron even a true businessman? He makes more money than Jordan did playing basketball no doubt, but that does not make him a better business man. In fact, Michael would hustle LeBron right off the table. I mean, education and business wise, there is no comparison. Look at how they were raised. What LeBron is just figuring out Michael knew at 22 years old. Heck when LeBron was 12 he was probably the smartest person in his house.

  • Gregg Shorthand

    I was actually telling my girl the other night I am surprised someone hasn’t just hired a real trainer (not a uncle and an parolee aau coach) and worked out for a year then gone to the NBA. But then again, that is probably not the best idea. It sounds good, but I don’t see too many doing it. First of all, you are not playing against any true competition. Who’s to say the kid will even be that committed. Any kid who is trying to “skip” college and ultimately “skip” steps, is probably not the hardest worker. Most 18 year old kids, I would think, would rather go to college than workout everyday for 2-3 hours then sit around all day. The idea sounds great, and I think there is a happy medium in there of some sort (whether sports academies or whatever), but ultimately I don’t think just skipping college and hiring a trainer is the best idea overall. The accounting classes need to me a must. Hell for a lot of these guys COUNTING classes are needed, much less accounting. Also, if it didn’t work for Mike Williams from USC, I don’t really see it working for some high school basketball player.

  • Gregg Shorthand

    Plus, how much are they really going to learn and RETAIN from a “transition program”? I mean, how long does this program even last – only a couple of days, right? I’m sorry, they need to go to college for 2-3 years, all of them. Wouldn’t hurt them a bit.

  • Caldwell Bankers

    Fortunately, neither him nor I live in Kansas. Neither do NBA players, at least not after they leave KU.

  • Seth

    OK, well I’m reading $20 mil. 11 or 20, still a crap ton of money for such little impact on the game.

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  • z

    There really isn’t any proof that the guys who stayed in college longer did any better with their money. It sounds good in theory, but is there anything to support it? NFL players can’t enter the draft until after junior year. They are probably worse with money than NBAers. A lot of it has to do with their own personal recklessness with family and friends. They want to support everyone and live the lives they see in tv. A.I went to college for a couple of years. Look at him. The NBA is reflective of society. Those of us who either had the upbringing where we were showed how to handle money still do it in adulthood, along with those who are innately responsible. If you don’t have one of those two factors you’ll likely end up blowing your money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sabrina.feliciano.14 Sabrina Feliciano

    Rob Is a close personal friend and while he did buy the second group you listed minus the drugs. He also did the first swift is a very caring giving and charitable guy and gave just as much as he got.

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  • Happy

    Magic Johnson blows Bron and Jordan waaaaay out of the water when it comes to being a business man. Both of them are insanely rich, but Jordan made more NBA money than Magic. Plus, Jordan gets a huge chunk of his money from being a highly paid Nike employee. Magic is probably as wealthy as Mike, but the bulk of his wealth came from business deals.

    Back to the point tho, you can’t refute the fact that Lebron, just like Jordan, gets the majority of his money as an employee being sponsored by big companies. None of us have access to Bron and Jordan’s books to see which one actually OWNS the most successful businesses. His original point still stands, which is that a lot of these guys that go broke have college educations too. Vince Young did at least three years and that idiot admitted that he didn’t know a damn thing about his own money when he blew it all. Irresponsible people will be that way with or without college.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Thank you sir. I can really see the argument about Magic’s Wealth too now when I think about all the coffee places and theatres he owns not to mention his partnership with the Dodgers his espn gig etc. I mean I think about LeBron and his soccer team lil botique stores he has and a couple other shrewd business moves. Imo and I could be wrong but Jordan didnt really come off as a real savvy businessmen until he came back from the first retirement and started really taking the Jordan over as his own branch vs just being another face of NIKE by recruiting other players. Idek if LJ will transcend like that with his sneaks but who does?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Jordan WOULD BE broke if he wasn’t jordan? boy listen, jordan would still be on every got damn shoe from here to russia,,, & he did not have a gambling problem,,,, read up & stop posting lies bout ppl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Umm he did admit to having to having an issue with gambling due to his competitive nature. He is my second favorite player I have no reason to come out and slander his name i present only what has been shown to me.

  • jaycee

    These players squander their earnings the same way regular people do. Living above their means and borrowing more money. The thousandaire borrows $thousands, the millionaire borrows $millions. Its called COMPOUND INTEREST. Stay away from credit cards, loans and just pay cash for everything. Keep it simple. People too materialistic these days, want to own everything and think they are God or something, it all just gets in the way..

  • jaycee

    So much so that Phil Jackson during his ritual of handing out books to each and every one of his players once gave MJ a book on problem gambling. They’ve both confirmed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Right lol maybe it was only for inquiring minds i guess ?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s 11.4. 4 years of about 2 million. 1 year of about 3 million.