Sports

Tuesday, Mar 05 2013 11:14 PM

Former local star, NBA center Swift leaves Seattle home in squalor

By CALIFORNIAN STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Former Bakersfield and Garces High standout Robert Swift, who was drafted by the NBA's Seattle Supersonics out of high school, has been taking a beating in social media and the internet after video was released of poor condition he left his foreclosed house in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, Wash.

Yahoo sports, among other sites, featured shocking photos and video of floors covered in trash, damaged walls, dog feces, and abondoned firearms and shells of vehicles.

Swift, 27, was the 12th overall pick in 2004 and reportedly made more than $11 million during his career with the Supersonics and Oklahoma City Thunder, which was shortened by injuries. He last played in the NBA in 2009, and later played briefly in Japan.

The 7-foot center reportedly purchased the home in 2006 for $1.35 million, but owed a balance of $1 million on the house last July, according to a foreclosure notice. The house was bought in January by a Seattle couple for around half the original cost.

Swift had reportedly been living in the house with his girlfriend, even after facing eviction, according to a Seattle television station.

KOMO reported that Swift had gone past the grace period to move out. He had one last deadline before the new owner could request authorities to get involved. He vacated the property over the weekend, allowing the new owners to go inside Monday.

Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Four-time champion Martin Buser rested at the checkpoint in Rohn after a blistering fast 170-mile run that had put him hours ahead of the other teams.

Buser reached Rohn Monday and took his mandatory 24-hour rest there, watching other mushers arrive and leave, before he departed at 12:03 p.m. Tuesday.

Buser's layover put Aaron Burmeister in the lead Tuesday. He was the first in and out of the Nikolai checkpoint 75 miles past Rohn, arriving at 8:11 a.m. and departing a little more than four hours later. Running second was last year's Iditarod runner-up, Aliy Zirkle, who left Nikolai at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday.

Cycling

CERILLY, France -- German rider Marcel Kittel won the second stage of the Paris-Nice race in a sprint finish against Elia Viviani, who took the overall race leader's yellow jersey.

Kittel completed the124-mile flat trek from Vimory to Cerilly in 5 hours, 42 minutes, 18 seconds. Viviani and third-place Leigh Howard of Australia clocked the same time.

Viviani took the jersey from first stage winner Nacer Bouhanni of France, who was forced to pull out of the race with a bloodied face after crashing onto the pavement. He was taken away on a stretcher for a check-up.

Damien Gaudin, winner of Sunday's prologue, also crashed but got back on his bike despite cuts and bruises to his left thigh and arm.

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