Ex-No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden nabbed for alleged battery

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Former NBA No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, dubbed as the biggest draft bust in history, was arrested for battery charges after he allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend.

Oden, who played for the Miami Heat last season and is currently a free agent, was booked for misdemeanor battery and is being detained in Marion County jail as of this writing.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, officers arrived at the Lawrence, Indiana home of Oden’s mother at 3:30 a.m. and found woman lying on a bed and holding her face.

Police observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim’s face. There was also blood on the sofa and floor.

A woman who identified herself as the victim’s best friend told police Oden punched the victim in the face.

Oden reportedly told police he had dated the 24-year-old victim for two years and the two broke up about two months ago.

Oden was the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft but his career has been marred by injury and he never became the player he was projected as.

Oden was a high school star in the Indianapolis suburb and spent one year at Ohio State. He led the Buckeyes to the national championship game as a freshman before entering the NBA Draft.

After being selected with the top overall pick by Portland, Oden missed his entire rookie season of 2007-08 with a knee injury and played two seasons with the Trail Blazers before sitting out three years with knee problems.

Oden returned to the NBA this past season with Miami and played 23 games for the Heat in 2013-14. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds.

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