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Updated Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Ex-Sonic Robert Swift's still living in foreclosed home

By The Associated Press

Former Sonics center Robert Swift, known for a string of injuries, tattoos and long red hair, may now be known for something else.

The 7-foot-1 Swift's home has been foreclosed and bought by a new owner, but KOMO-TV reports that he is not leaving the house.

The new owner bought the house in Sammamish in January for half the price paid in 2006, but KOMO-TV reported she hasn't been able to move in because Swift has not left the property. A car without a hood is in the driveway, empty cans of beer are strewn outside and a bullet hole is in a garage window.

A woman who said she was Swift's girlfriend told KOMO he couldn't talk because he was sleeping.

The TV station reported that Swift, 27, has gone past the grace period to move out. He has one last deadline before the new owner can request authorities to get involved.

Swift was drafted by the Sonics No. 12 overall out of high school in 2004 and signed a $4.4 million contract for three years. But he was plagued by injuries before his NBA career ended in 2008-09 after the Sonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder. Swift eventually played in Japan.

In 2006, he bought the four-bedroom, 6,200-square foot home valued at $1.3 million. Swift owed $1 million on the house last July, according to a foreclosure notice.

Phone numbers associated with Swift were disconnected. An email inquiry from The Associated Press was not immediately answered.


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