*Police arrested former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges early Thursday, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight at his mother’s suburban Indianapolis home.
The free-agent center, who played last season for the Miami Heat, was taken into custody at the home in Lawrence on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery, reports ESPN.com. Oden, 26, was still in Marion County Jail as of early Thursday afternoon, jail spokesman Julio Fernandez said.
According to a Lawrence police report, officers were called to the home at around 3:30 a.m. and found a woman on a sofa with blood on her face. A friend of the woman told officers that Oden had “punched her in the face.”
Oden told officers he and the woman recently broke up after dating for two years. He said during an argument in which “things got out of control,” he swung his arms trying to break free of two people holding him back and hit his ex-girlfriend, according to the report.