The NBA, like many other major entertainment agencies, is famous for preying on the dreams of young hopefuls and unfortunately discarding of them when they are no longer useful. For every LeBron, Kobe and Jordan, there are countless others who after a couple seasons end up back in the world and sometimes on the streets and in trouble. Over the years we’ve heard stories about former NBA stars like Oliver Miller, Vin Baker and Eddie Johnson who fell on hard times after leaving the league. This week fans were talking abotu Former NBA First Round Pick Caleb Swanigan who has been in some trouble with the law.
Caleb Sylvester Swanigan was born April 18, 1997 in Indiana. He is 6’9 and was drafted as a first pick in 2017 for the Portland Trailblazers. During college he played for the Purdue Boilermakers and was ranked among the top prep players in the national class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN. After completeting his senior season in the 2014–15 academic year for Homestead High School, he went on to win the first state championship in the school’s history. Swanigan was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American.
“With the 26th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers select Caleb Swanigan…”— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 23, 2017
Welcome to Rip City, Caleb!!! pic.twitter.com/RHpkrpPqxk
Swanigan keep from a broken home. His father was addicted to c**aine. He is one of 6 children and bounced around a lot as a child, even spending some time in homeless shelters. His father died in 2014 from complications from diabetes and was 6’8, weighing nearly 500 pounds at his time of his passing. Unfortunately this seems to be an issue that has befallen Caleb, who after opting to not return to the NBA in 2020 due to personal reasons, now weighs a whopping 400 lbs.
I’ve known Caleb Swanigan since he was just a kid. He’d been dealt an extremely tough hand and has overcome a lot. I wish nothing but the absolute best for him as he struggles through another tough time in life. Please keep him in your prayers.— Vanessa (@vaduro) May 19, 2021
Fans of the former NBA star recently caught of glimpse of his weight gain after videos surfaced of him entering a court room due to some drug related charged. Swanigan was pulled over back towards the end of 2020.
Really hope Caleb Swanigan is all right, this is scary… he was in the NBA just last year pic.twitter.com/lzm28di3Kt— Mike Korzemba (@mikekorz) May 18, 2021
When he caught wind of the way people were making fun of Swanigan, his former team mate Damian Lillard came to his defense. “You don’t know WHAT it is he’s going through to cause a drastic change. If you gone be supportive then do that but don’t ask no sh*t like that like it’s not possible when you naturally a big dude and go down a dark road.”
“You don’t know WHAT it is he’s going through to cause a drastic change. If you gone be supportive then do that but don’t ask no shit like that like it’s not possible when you naturally a big dude and go down a dark road.”— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 19, 2021
– Damian Lillard speaks out on Caleb Swanigan. 🗣 pic.twitter.com/H9eINP2GSZ