Greg Oden Arrested For Allegedly Battering Ex-Girlfriend
Greg Oden, a professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat, was arrested on battery charges early Thursday morning.
Greg Oden Arrested
Oden, 26, was arrested in Lawrence, Ind., at around 3:30 a.m. after he was accused of punching his ex-girlfriend, reported the Indianapolis Star.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the alleged victim crying and holding her face while lying down upon a bed, according to a Lawrence Police Department report. A witness who identified herself as the victim’s best friend told police, “He punched her in the face."
According to the report, the victim was initially "uncooperative," but was urged by her friend to tell them what Oden had done. "There isn't that much love in the world,” the friend reportedly said to the victim. “You need to tell that he punched you in the face."
In addition to the witness’s statements, police observed ample evidence at the scene that pointed to a battery incident. They "observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim's face," according to the report. Furthermore, police "observed blood on the sofa and floor in the sitting area. [They] observed [blood] on the living room carpet [and] dirt from a flower pot that was knocked over."
Oden, currently a free agent, was the first overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Portland Timberwolves. Though injuries have plagued his professional career, the former Ohio State standout had been looking at possibly joining the Los Angeles Clippers as a backup center.
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