Once upon a time, former NBA center Robert Swift was supposed to be a key player for the SuperSonics. Seattle drafted him straight out of high school with the 12th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft and expected the 7-footer to be their starting center for a long, long time. But since fizzling out of the league in 2009, Swift's life has been a bit of a disaster.
In 2013, Swift made headlines after he lost his Seattle area home and refused to move out of it. Since then, he has reportedly struggled with drug addiction, and he was arrested late last year for possessing an illegal sawed-off shotgun. And earlier this week, Swift was arrested again near Gold Bar, Wash. after he and a friend allegedly attempted to break into a home in broad daylight.
"I believe there were a couple of people who called in, they saw masked subjects on the property, reported that at least one of them was armed with a weapon, one possibly with a baseball bat," Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Shari Ireton revealed after the arrest. "It appeared they were either trying to make an entry or knocking on the door."
Swift was reportedly carrying several weapons at the time of the alleged crime and, according to a source who spoke with TV station KIRO 7, Swift told police that he was high when he was arrested. An investigation is still underway but, for now, Swift has been booked into the King County Jail in Seattle. And his tragic post-NBA tale continues.
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