Former Sonic loses home to foreclosure, refuses to leave

Former Sonic loses home to foreclosure, refuses to leave »Play Video
SEATTLE -- 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.

"And found out who the lovely, previous owner was," the owner said.

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.

KOMO News tried to speak with Swift on Wednesday, and a woman who said she was his girlfriend said he couldn't come out because he was sleeping.

The new owner has gone to court and, according to records, Swift has gone past his grace period to leave.

He has one final deadline at the end of the month. After that, he faces possible eviction by force.

"He will have to respond to the sheriff I'm sure," the new owner said.

Swift was once a star on the hardwood. Now the new owner of the house wants the game to end.

"We feel like we're stuck until he moves."

Because the owner has filed a summons, Swift has one week to respond. The owner says she will go to the King County Sheriff's Office if the home isn't emptied.