NBA player Greg Oden has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery after an incident with his ex-girlfriend in an Indianapolis suburb, according to multiple reports.
According to the Lawrence Police Department, officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.
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.
The victim refused medical treatment, and told police “she fell but was unable to advise when and where.” Police described her as uncooperative in the report.
The police report added that Oden told officers that he “was wrong” to attack his former girlfriend, with whom he broke up with about two months ago. “Police described Oden as ‘calm, apologetic and cooperative’ and said he told them he took ‘full responsibility’ for his actions,” Fox 59 reports.
— Liane Morejon (@LianeMorejonTV) August 7, 2014
Being a family news-gathering affair, and realizing that some of our readers may be away from their fainting couches, we can’t publish Oden’s full mugshot, in which he’s wearing a shirt depicting Ohio State football player Marcus Hall giving a double-barreled middle-finger salute to Michigan’s fans last season. But here’s a truncated version.
Oden played one year of college basketball at Ohio State before being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the first overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft. He missed the entire 2007-08 season after undergoing microfracture surgery and has had an injury-plagued career since, playing in only 105 regular season games in three seasons. Last season, he played 23 games for the Miami Heat. He is now a free agent.