Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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NBA player Oden arrested

POLICE ARRESTED former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges early yesterday, 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 for the Miami Heat last season, was taken into custody at the home in Lawrence, Ind., on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery. Oden, 26, was released on bond from Marion County Jail last evening.

Prosecutors plan to request a 72-hour continuance to give them more time to decide what, if any, formal charges Oden will face, a spokesperson for the prosecutors' office said.

According to a Lawrence police report, officers were called to the home at around 3:30 a.m. and found a 24-year-old woman on a sofa with a swollen, bloody face. A friend of the woman told officers that Oden had "punched her in the face."

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The report says the injured woman was uncooperative and told officers she had fallen, but was unable to say when and where that occurred.

Oden told officers he and the woman had dated for about 2 years but split up 2 months ago. According to the report, he said he was arguing with his ex-girlfriend when "things got out of control" and he struck her as he swung his arms to try to break free of two people who were trying to hold him back.

One of Oden's relatives, who said she was awoken by the argument, told police that "every time the two visit and go out, there is an argument to follow."

The 7-foot Oden was a star at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and then played a season at Ohio State before the Portland Trail Blazers made him the top pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

Knee injuries have derailed Oden's professional career.

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* All-Star Kevin Durant withdrew from the United States national team, and won't play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain next month. Durant told coach Mike Krzyzewski and managing director Jerry Colangelo that he felt "mentally and physically drained'' by the recent NBA season and other obligations this summer.

USA Basketball must cut its roster to 12 players from 15.

* The NBA suspended new Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton for the first four games of the season after his guilty plea in a New York gun case.

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