Former NBA No 1 pick Greg Oden arrested for alleged battery in Indiana

Former No 1 pick arrested in Lawrence, Indiana

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Former NBA No 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden has been arrested on battery charges in his home town of Lawrence, Indiana.

The 7ft centre, who played for beaten NBA finalists the Miami Heat last season, is accused of punching a woman at 3.30am, according to local journalist Bruce Kopp.

The Indianapolis Star report that the home where the incident took place belongs to Oden's mother; the victim is believed to be a former girlfriend of Oden's.

According to the police report the victim had blood on her face, while a witness stated: "he punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home".

The police report continues: "Officer Harris observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victims face.

"Officer Harris observed blood on the sofa and floor in the sitting area. Officer Harris observed on the living room carpet dirt from a flower pot that was knocked over."

According to the report, Oden said:  "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". Gregory Oden advised "I was wrong and I know what has to happen".

The report also states that Oden says he dated the victim for approximately two years before breaking up with her about two months ago.

Oden is currently a free agent after the Heat decided not to extend his contract.

One of college basketball's most promising players, Oden was selected first in the 2007 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.However, he suffered a series of knee injuries that left him on the brink of retirement.

Oden did not play between December 2009 and December 2013 because of injury, returning to action on 15 January this year.