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NBA player Greg Oden accused of punching woman


Published:   |   Updated: August 7, 2014 at 08:42 PM

INDIANAPOLIS — Former NBA No.1 draft pick Greg Oden is out of jail following his arrest on battery charges for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face.

Oden was released from custody this evening. Online Marion County Jail records show Oden was released on a $10,000 bond.

The 26-year-old Oden faces two preliminary misdemeanor battery counts after the incident this morning at his mother’s suburban home in Lawrence.

A police report says officers were called to the home at around 3:30 a.m. and found a 24-year-old woman on a sofa with a swollen, bloody face. A friend of the woman told officers that Oden had “punched her in the face.”

Oden told officers he and the woman had dated for about two years but split up two months ago. He said during an argument in which “things got out of control,” he swung his arms trying to break free of two people holding him back and punched his ex-girlfriend, according to the report.

The 7-foot Oden was a star at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and played a season at Ohio State before the Portland Trail Blazers made him the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007.

A series of knee injuries have derailed his career, and he didn’t play from December 2009 until last season. He was cut by Portland in 2012 and signed as a free agent with Miami last season.

With the Heat, he played in 23 regular-season games, usually coming off the bench and averaging 2.9 points per game.

He is currently a free agent.

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