NBA legend's family caught in horrifying burglary ordeal

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Vince Carter's family reportedly had to hide in a bedroom closet when the former NBA legend's home in Atlanta was burgled last weekend. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Vince Carter's family reportedly had to hide in a bedroom closet when the former NBA legend's home in Atlanta was burgled last weekend. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

The family of NBA legend Vince Carter endured a horrifying ordeal on Father's Day when they were forced to hide in a cupboard as their home was burgled.

Carter, whose NBA career spanned a record 22 seasons, retired from the league at the end of the 2020 season after stints with Toronto, New Jersey, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and Atlanta among others.

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The 45-year-old was reportedly not at his Atlanta residence at the time of the burglary, however his wife Sondi and the couple's two sons were.

After hearing noises from the front of the house, Sondi grabbed the two children and hid in a bedroom closet, first calling police before then contacting an off-duty police officer who lived nearby.

The suspected burglar was heard rummaging around the house for some time until the off-duty officer arrived on the scene, at which point they reportedly escaped into a black SUV and drove off.

When police arrived, $100 bills totalling $16,100 were found scattered across the ground, as well as a gold-plated Desert Eagle handgun and a black Glock 26 with an extended magazine.

Carter reportedly told police the Desert Eagle belonged to him, while the 16 grand was just part of a total of $100,000 cash that had been stored in a brown bag in a closet.

The suspects apparently entered the house by breaking through a first-floor window and one of them apparently left a fingerprint on a side door through which they fled.

Surveillance videos from the property were also reportedly submitted to police, though none of them faced the street.

No family members were reported to be harmed in the incident.

Carter, who works as an analyst for ESPN, has not made any public comments about the burglary yet.

Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan found dead at 25

Caleb Swanigan, the former Purdue standout who played three seasons in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings, has died at age 25.

According to the Allen County Coroner’s Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Swanigan died of natural causes. No other details have been released.

Swanigan had a difficult upbringing in Indianapolis. He was one of six kids that his mother, Tanya, was trying to take care of while his father battled an addiction to crack-cocaine.

The family spent time in homeless shelters before moving to Utah for a spell, but he returned to attend Homestead High School. As a senior in 2015, Swanigan helped lead the Homestead basketball team to its first state championship in the school's history.

He elected to attend Purdue after decommitting from Michigan State, and was an immediate success. Swanigan started every game as a freshman, set a Purdue record after being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times, and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.

Former Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings player Caleb Swanigan has died of natural causes, aged 25. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Former Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings player Caleb Swanigan has died of natural causes, aged 25. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

He also started every game as a sophomore, and excelled across the season. He broke Purdue single-season records for rebounds and double-doubles.

He was a unanimous first-team All-American and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the 2017 Wooden Award.

Swanigan made the jump to the NBA after his sophomore season, and was selected 26th overall by the Blazers in the 2017 draft.

He played in the Summer League, the G League, and also spent time with the Blazers in 2018. He was traded to the Sacramento Kings in Feb. 2019, and then back to the Blazers 11 months later.

In his career, he played in 75 total games, and all but 10 were with the Blazers.

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