NBA player Greg Oden was arrested in Indiana this morning after allegedly punching an ex-girlfriend in the face.
According to a Lawrence Police Department report, officers arrived at a home belonging to Oden’s mother to find the victim crying and laying across a bed holding her face. A witness said that Oden “punched her in the face.”
The report said that police “observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim’s face.” There was also blood on the sofa and floor.
“I was wrong, and I know what has to happen,” Oden is reported to have told police. He faces a preliminary charge of battery.
Oden was the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick in 2007 and was selected by the Portland Trailblazers—ahead of Kevin Durant. But the 7-foot center missed his entire rookie season following micro fracture surgery on his right knee and only played 82 games with the Blazers over two years due to persistent injury. After missing three entire seasons he attempted a comeback with the Miami Heat last season but only played 23 games.