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Greg Oden Arrested; Punched Ex-Girlfiend in Face


Professional baller Greg Oden (perhaps best known for making league MVP Kevin Durant the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft) was arrested early Thursday, after he admitted attacking an ex-girlfriend during an argument at his home in suburban Indianapolis.

A relative of Oden said shouting between the two woke her up from a deep slumber. She rose to find Greg punching the woman in the face:

“Every time the two visit and go out, there is an argument to follow.”

The still-unidentified woman suffered “…swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area,” according to Lawrence, Indiana Police Chief Gary Woodruff.

Described as apologetic, Oden reportedly told arresting officers:

“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. I was wrong and I know what has to happen.”

He was booked on a count of misdemeanor battery. This isn’t the first time an embarrassing stunt has earned Greg Oden a place on the pop culture radar: A series of injuries derailed his professional career with the Portland Trailblazers before he was picked up by the Miami Heat last season. And how could we forget the shaming nude pic scandal that left the gangly, seven-footer blushing in 2010.


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