Former Seattle SuperSonics star Robert Swift finally moved out of his foreclosed suburban Seattle home this week, but the former basketball star apparently left it in shambles. TV station KOMO in Seattle reported that new owners Jessica Ko-Dalzell and Eric Dalzell found smashed glass, beer bottles, animal feces and even bullets littering their new home. Swift, who was drafted straight out of high school to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2004, but only spent four years in the NBA, bought the $1.3 million home in 2006, according to The Associated Press. But the house in Sammamish, Wash., fell into foreclosure last July.
The Dalzells bought the foreclosed home in January for half its original price — but the 7-foot-1-inch center refused to leave. “He never came to the door, he never talked to any of us. We came multiple times. We sent him letters. We left him letters,” Ko-Dalzell told KOMO. The couple was forced to go to court to remove Swift from the home if he didn’t leave. Though the former baller resisted, he reportedly left over the weekend. On Monday, the Dalzells finally were able to enter.
KOMO reported finding its kitchen strewn with piles of pizza boxes and beer bottles, and elsewhere in the home seeing punched-in walls, animal feces clogging its decks, and a handgun and live ammunition left lying in the open. The Dalzells also said the home emitted a putrid smell. “It was a shocker,” Dalzell told the TV station.
This sad case of an ex-NBA star — who once held such promise but who lost his home — comes soon after another former basketball star, Allen Iverson, saw his luxurious Atlanta home put up for auction after he lost it to foreclosure.