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Greg Oden: Former Heat center arrested for allegedly punching ex-girlfriend

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NBA player Greg Oden hasn’t has been one of the biggest busts in the NBA on the court, and he is highly likely to lose some respect off the court for an incident involving a woman. According to a report by Fox News, Oden was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly punching a woman.

The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place. A report by the Lawrence Police Department states that officers arrived at the home of the victim and found her crying while lying across a bed holding her face. A witness on the scene described herself as the victim’s best friend and told police, “He punched her in the face.”

Indications suggest that Oden and the woman were linked romantically as the witness tried to urge the victim to tell police she was punched in the face, but she remained “uncooperative.” Police observed “swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose” and also “observed blood on sofa and floor in the sitting area.” The incident took place at a house that belongs to Oden’s mother.

Oden did admit to the incident and was “apologetic” when he spoke to police. He later stated that he did indeed date the victim for two years before breaking up just a couple months ago. According to the report, Oden told police, “I was wrong, and I know what has to happen.” He faces preliminary a charge of battery.

The timing of this incident comes just a week after the issue of domestic violence was a hot topic in the NFL. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received just a two game suspension for an incident involving his then fiancé. The length of the suspension raised concerns about how the NFL dealt with the issue. It also sparked much conversation on many sports outlets. This situation involving Greg Olden will certainly add to that conversation. It will also be interesting to see how the NBA deals with Oden, especially after the backlash the NFL received.