NBA Player Greg Oden Arrested for Allegedly Punching Ex-Girlfriend

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
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The NBA’s Greg Oden was arrested Thursday morning after a domestic dispute in which it is reported that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face and told police, "Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim."

According to Fox 59, officers were called to a Lawrence, Ind., apartment around 3:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found a woman lying down with blood on her face.


"He punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home," said the witness, who told police that she was the victim's best friend. She was also crying and yelling, according to the incident report viewed by the news station.

A relative of Oden's who was woken up during the dispute told police, "Every time the two visit and go out, there is an argument to follow."

The officers reported that there was blood on the "sofa and floor" and that the victim had "blood, swelling to the nose, and lacerations to the forehead and nose area," Fox 59 reports.

According to the news station, the victim told police "she fell but was unable to advise when and where." She also refused medical treatment and police described her as uncooperative in the report.


Oden reportedly told police that "things got out of control and I started to go after the victim," according to the police report seen by Fox 59.

The police report claims that relatives tried to hold Oden back from going after his ex-girlfriend, but he broke free and then allegedly punched the victim. According to Fox 59, Oden told police that they reportedly dated for two years but had broken up two months ago. 


"I was wrong and I know what has to happen," Oden told officers.

His demeanor at the time of arrest was described as "calm, apologetic and cooperative," the news station notes. He also reportedly told police that he took "full responsibility" for his actions.


This is the latest occurrence in a string of disappointments for the onetime promising star who has never lived up to the hype surrounding him. He played one year of college basketball at Ohio State University and was taken No. 1 overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2007 draft, but he has played limited minutes since entering the league. He played with the Miami Heat last year.

Read more at Fox 59.

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