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Robert Swift
Robert Swift
Position: -
Born: 12/03/85
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.2 kg.
Earnings: $11,473,684 ($15,179,242*)
Alex Kennedy: How did the substance abuse [to heroin, meth and cocaine] start? Robert Swift: It was more just one thing after another after another happened — personal life and my basketball career. I didn’t enjoy the other side of basketball, the off-the-court stuff, and it got to the point where I didn’t think I wanted to play anymore. And after that, I realized basketball had been such a huge part of my life for so many years, that I had no other outlet or love, really, and a few more things happened in my personal life and it just seemed like there was no way out. I just wanted to run and hide, honestly.
Robert Swift: How I got out of [substance abuse problems] was I spent a little under three weeks in county [jail] and was able to struggle through but get clean. And then that second week in county, I was pretty much clear-headed for the first time in years, and everything had come back — what had happened over the past few years — and it hit me. I was literally in tears and I decided I didn’t wanna do that anymore, I didn’t wanna live like that. I was gonna play basketball again, I don’t care how, I don’t care where, I don’t care when but I was gonna do it again.