Greg Oden, former Ohio State basketball player, arrested for battery, police say

Oden admitted to punching woman, police say

LAWRENCE, Ind. - A former Ohio State basketball player and No. 1 overall pick in the NBA has been arrested in Indiana on two battery charges.

Lawrence Police Department (LPD) investigators said just after 3:30 a.m. Thursday, officers headed to the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place in northeast Marion County on a report of a disturbance.

After speaking with Greg Oden, 26, outside the house, officers found a woman lying inside on a couch with blood covering her face.

LPD said the victim's best friend was also there, and was very upset by the incident. The friend, being called a witness by LPD, said Oden had punched the woman in the face.

Officers said the victim also had swelling of the nose and cuts on her forehead and nose. There was blood on the sofa and floor of the living room and a flower pot had crashed to the floor.

LPD said the victim had a very hard time talking about the incident.

Investigators spoke with Oden, who said "things got out of control and I started to go after (the victim)."

He also admitted he had hit the victim during a struggle, and reportedly said, "I was wrong and I know what has to happen."

Oden graduated from Lawrence North High School in 2006. He went on to play at Ohio State for one season and in 2007 was selected first overall in the NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He signed with the Miami Heat in 2013.

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