Fox 59 Indianapolis has breaking news that NBA center Greg Oden, most recently with the Miami Heat, has been arrested on a charge of assault, accused of punching his ex-girlfriend.
When they arrived, they found a woman lying down with blood on her face. They encountered a witness who was yelling and crying. The witness identified herself as the victim’s best friend.
“He punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home,” the woman told police, according to the incident report.
The officer noticed “blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area” of the victim’s face. Police also saw blood on the sofa and floor. A flower pot was also knocked over during the disturbance.
A relative of Oden said the argument between the basketball player and the victim woke her up. The relative told police, “Every time the two visit and go out, there is an argument to follow.”
“Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim,” police quoted Oden in the report. He said the relative and witness tried to hold him back, but he swung his arms trying to break free and punched the victim.
“I was wrong and I know what has to happen,” Oden told officers. He said he and the woman had dated for approximately two years and broke up about two months ago.
The 7’0″ center was picked number one overall by the Portland Trail Blazers back in 2007, but multiple injuries prevented him from staying on the court for any significant length of time. He signed with the Miami Heat this past season, and played sparingly, seeing action in 23 regular season games with averages of 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds. He saw mop-up duty in the Playoffs with just three appearances of an average of 2.3 minutes.
Oden is currently a free agent. The Heat were mulling bringing him back earlier in the offseason.