Former Thunder center Robert Swift arrested after being caught with grenade launcher

Published 2 Comments

Robert Swift had a fairly inauspicious career in the NBA as a backup center.

The ginger seven footer was taken straight out of high school in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, who spent the 12th overall pick on Swift, who was widely regarded as a Top 10 prospect coming out of Bakersfield.

Swift eventually dropped out of the National Basketball Association in 2009 and basketball altogether in 2011. Since then he has become a heroin addict and was just arrested for being possession of unlawful shotguns and a grenade launcher. How's that for a fall from grace.

Heroin and Hookers

According to police, Swift had a grenade launcher and a sawed-off shotgun in his room at the home of Trygve Bjorkstam, a heroin dealer.

Swift told law enforcement that he was a heroin user but not a dealer. Bjorkstam also allegedly confirmed to police that Swift was not helping him sell drugs.

Related Articles:

During the raid, police officers also uncovered heroin, meth, more guns and several prostitutes.

Swift has been in the news before. Last year he was forced out of his $1.3million dollar Seattle home which he left covered in feces, bullets and filled with trash according to the new buyers.


Swift was a part of the last wave of high school seniors who jumped straight to the NBA before the league instituted age-limit rules. He was taken 12th overall by the Sonics in 2004 at age 18. He made $11.4 million before he fell out of the league in 2009.

Swift only averaged more than 20 minutes a game in one season during his career, and was actually made the Thunder's starting center at the start of the 2006 season. In the most unfortunate of circumstances, Swift ruptured the ACL in his right knee in the first minute of his first pre-season game after being made starter.

Is this the biggest fall from grace in sports history? Tell us if there's any other athletes that have crashed and burned like Swift in the comments below...

Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Western Conference

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again