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Greg Oden Arrested For Allegedly Punching Woman in Face

Aug 7 2014, 8:05pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Greg Oden Arrested For Allegedly Punching Woman in Face
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Free-agent center Greg Oden was arrested in Indiana on Aug 7 for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face.

Greg Oden was arrested in Indiana on Aug 7 for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. 

According to a WishTV.com report, Oden and the woman reportedly "dated for two years but recently broke up":

"Miami Heat player Greg Oden was arrested in Lawrence (Ind.) early Thursday morning, according to a police report. 

"According to the report, officers responded to a disturbance in the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place around 3:30 a.m. An officer on scene was talking with a man, identified as 26-year-old Gregory Oden. 

"When police arrived they spoke with a female victim who was laying on a sofa with blood on her face. Police also spoke with a witness identified as the victim's friend. She said, 'he punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home.'

"Medical personnel arrived but the victim refused treatment, the report said. She told police she fell but was unable to provide further details and was uncooperative, police said. 

"A relative to Oden told police she woke up to hear Oden and the victim arguing, saying every time the two visit and go out there is an argument that follows.

"Oden said, 'things got out of control and I started to go after the victim. My relative and witness tried to hold me back, but as I swung my arms to move them out of the way, then punched the victim in the face.'

"He went on to say,'I was wrong and I know what has to happen.' 

"Oden told police he and the victim had dated for two years but recently broke up. Police said he was cooperative at the scene. 

"Oden was transported to the Arrestee Processing Center and preliminarily charged with battery. He was later booked into the Marion County Jail. 

"Police said as of Thursday afternoon, Oden will have to get an ankle monitoring device put on before he is released. 

"Prosecutors have a 72-hour hold on the case. Police said Oden may be released either late Thursday night or early Friday morning. 

"According to court documents, Oden's bond was set at $10,000. His initial hearing will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. 

"Despite the victim not cooperating, police believe they have enough information to pursue charges against Oden. 

"'We take a holistic look we have other witnesses we have Mr. Oden's statement and prosecutors office will make the final determination if there will be charges,' said Lawrence Captain Gary Woodruff. 

"Oden won three state basketball titles playing for Lawrence North High School. After starring at Lawrence North with Mike Conley where the two won state titles from 2004 to 2006, Oden played one season alongside Conley at Ohio State before being drafted number one overall by the Portland Trailblazers. His NBA career has been marred by injuries." 

Woodruff told WTHR Eyewitness News of Indianapolis that Oden was cooperative with authorities:  

"Woodruff said he thinks Oden fully understood what was going on and the ramifications to it. 

"He was cooperative with our officers at the scene,' Woodruff said. 'Sometimes making an arrest is the best resource, sometimes it's not. But in this case, the officers felt making an arrest based on the probable cause was the best course of action.'

"Oden's mother told Eyewitness News she didn't want to talk about the incident at the house. 

"Oden is in court Thursday afternoon and prosecutors plan to monitor his whereabouts with GPS as a battery suspect before he will be released from custody.

"Oden most recently played for the Miami Heat, but he was released to free agency. The L.A. Clippers had plans to bring him in for a workout.

"We have reached out to Oden's agent and the Miami Heat, but so far, they have not responded."

Former Indiana University standout and NBA player Tom Abernethy weighed in on the Oden situation, per FOX 59 of Indianapolis:

"For a former Indiana University player who went on to play in the NBA, Tom Abernethy knows what it's like to be in the spotlight, but he says his issue is bigger than the game. 

"'The biggest concern for Greg or anyone who's involved in this -- it could be me or anybody. Our lives are at stake and that's a much more important thing than our basketball career,' said owner of the Indiana Basketball Academy, Tom Abernethy.

"After his career Abernethy opened the Indiana Basketball Academy. His goal is to help kids build character through their love for the sport.

"'Using basketball as a tool to help them take care of the disappointments that come their way and walk out of it with character that will be useful to them down the road,' said Abernethy.

"And using the Greg Oden situation as an example Abernethy says instead of blaming use it as a teaching moment and a time for self reflection.

"'More than pointing and saying how bad Greg is I think maybe it makes all of us look at ourselves and say wait a minute we know the right way to act and we want to avoid and be a safeguard somehow to keep us from doing something we'll regret and change our lives as well.'"  

Oden has averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 105 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.

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