Free agent center Greg Oden was charged Monday with felony battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight last Thursday, according to ESPN.com. In addition to felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, Oden was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Oden was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, but has been limited to just 105 games due to a litany of injuries.
He was arrested at his mother’s suburban Indianapolis home where officers found “a 24-year-old woman on a sofa with a swollen, bloody face,” according to the police report. Oden told police he was arguing with his ex-girlfriend when “things got out of control.”
Oden starred at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and then played a season at Ohio State before being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers. Knee injuries derailed his career, though. He played 23 games last season for the Miami Heat, his first time on the court since December 2010.