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Greg Oden was arrested early this morning in Lawrence, Ind., and charged with battery after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend during an argument.


According to the police report, officers responded to a disturbance at a house owned by Oden's mother at 3:30 this morning, where they found a woman lying face-down and crying on a bed, with "blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area," and blood on the nearby sofa and floor.

The woman was described as "uncooperative," telling police her injuries had come from a fall, though she couldn't say where or when it happened. Oden told police he had dated the woman for two years but had broken up with her two months ago.


According to the report, a witness who described herself as the woman's best friend told her: "There isn't that much love in the world. You need to tell that he punched you in the face."

Here's how the police claim Oden described the incident, via Fox59:

"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.

Police described Oden as "calm, apologetic and cooperative" and said he told them he took "full responsibility" for his actions.

A female relative in the house told police the fight had woken her up, and that "every time the two visit and go out, there is an argument to follow."

Oden was booked into a Marion County processing center, where he faces two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery.


Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft, is a free agent after having spent last season with the Heat. He was to work out for the Clippers this week.

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