Robert Swift had one of those magical basketball career starts: he was a brilliant player in high school, helped by his amazing attitude and his 7'1" height. A long an illustrious career was ahead of him, and he couldn't wait to go to USC to learn and play ball.
The only problem is that he didn't — he went straight to the NBA, because his parents pressured him to!
Blinded by the greed that comes with a multi-million dollar contract, his parents pushed him into a life he wasn't nearly ready for, and now he's paying for it. He's lost his home because he owed $168,000 on his mortgage despite earning $20 million, his career, and his dignity. The house was trashed when the new owners arrive, including pools of human waste.
Here's what a source said close to him:
“I honestly think the parents did want him to go to the NBA.
“They got tied in with these [Amateur Athletic Union] coaches who were constantly throwing around free offers and shoes and all the money and I think to them…it seemed like free money. He was a well rounded, polite young man when he was at school. Whatever has happened past that is beyond me, there is no question it would have been better if he went to college. He could have built up his strength, got some schooling under his belt so that if he washed out he could have gone back and finished at a later date.”
The last we've heard, Robert played for a team in Tokyo between 2010-2011, but has since disappeared into obscurity. His NBA career was cut short due to injuries and debts, but we can't help but feel that with the proper training, he could possibly keep playing ball somewhere in the world.
And if not, it'd be nice to see him go to college!
Oh, and shame on his parents!!
[Image via AP Images.]
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