Prosecutors in Indianapolis have formally charged former Miami Heat center Greg Oden with felony battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.
According to an arrest report from the Lawrence Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance at a home just after 3:30 a.m. and found a woman with blood on her face, a swollen nose and lacerations to her forehead and nose.
The victim was uncooperative, but a witness told officers Oden punched the woman in the face, the report said. Oden told officers he and the victim had dated for two years but broke up about two months ago.
"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," Oden told officers, according to the report. "Gregory Oden advised 'I was wrong and I know what has to happen.'"
Oden signed with a one-year deal with the Heat before the 2013-2014 season but played in just 23 games due to injury. He became a free agent after the season. The Heat hasn’t shown a lot of interest in re-signing Oden even before the arrest.