The unraked leaves and piles of trash in the front yard were just a prelude of what was to come when Jessica Ko-Dalzell opened the door to the house she bought in a foreclosure auction--a home previously owned by former Sonic Robert Swift.
"The stench was just awful," she said in a recent Buzzfeed story. "I'm 5 feet 4 inches, and there were piles of garbage as tall as me in the garage.
"We found a five-gallon jug of piss sitting in the corner of the room," she continued. "The sink was filled with maggots."
Buzzfeed also included a photo slideshow of the scene including basement walls pocked with bulletholes, a knife-wielding doll, a cheesy pirate mural and samurai swords.
CNN ran KOMO's video tour of the condition inside. Ko-Dalzell said it has taken a crew several days to clean the large home once valued at $1 million.
The Seattle Supersonics drafted the 7-foot-tall Swift in the first round of the 2004 draft, selecting the 18-year-old right out of Bakersfield High School (Calif.)
Swift played sparingly his first two seasons. Then he suffered injuries before the 2006 and 2008 season and his playing time dropped even more. He last played professionally in Japan in the 2010-11 season.
He reportedly earned $20 million in his pro career.