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Greg Oden Arrested on Battery Charges in Indiana

Former Miami Heat center Greg Oden was arrested this morning in Indiana on battery charges for allegedly punching a woman.

Lawrence Police were called to a home belonging to Oden's mother around 3:30 a.m. by a friend of the victim's.

According to the Indy Star, the victim was found lying on a bed and crying while holding her face. Police noticed "blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim's face," according to the arrest report.

Oden, 26, a former first-overall draft pick from Ohio State, played for Miami last season. The Heat had expressed an interest in bringing him back this year, though he's on thin ice after this incident.

According to the report, police also saw blood on the sofa, floor, and sitting area as well as the living room carpet. A flower pot had been knocked over, with dirt spilling onto the ground.

Police say the victim was uncooperative at first, but her friend encouraged her to tell police she had been punched in the face.

Police say Oden was cooperative and calm when he was arrested.

"Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim," Oden told police, according to the arrest report. "My relative and witness tried to hold me back, but 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."

According to what Oden told police, he and the victim dated for two years but broke up two months ago. A relative told police that they were awakened by the sound of arguing and that Oden and the victim argued a lot during their relationship.

Oden was arrested and taken into custody in Lawrence County shortly after 5 a.m. and booked on two preliminary charges -- one Class A misdemeanor for battery with injury and one Class B misdemeanor for battery.

Oden's career looked promising when he came out of Ohio State and was drafted first overall by the Portland Trailblazers in 2007. But injuries have derailed him throughout his career. The Heat, needing help at center, signed him as a free agent last season to help in their title run.

Oden appeared in only 23 games for the Heat last season. He averaged just 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds.

It had been reported he was considering either joining the L.A. Clippers or re-signing with Miami this year.

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