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Blood strewn across room as Greg Oden arrested for battery on ex-girlfriend

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Greg Oden has today been arrested and charged with battery in relation to an incident that took place at his mother's home, Lawrence County Police have confirmed.

The NBA star, most recently with the Miami Heat, is alleged to have struck a woman in the face leaving her bloodied and bruised.

Police Report

The Police report describes how officers responded to a call at around 3.30am on Thursday morning to find the victim in tears, holding her face with a friend by her side.

The report goes on to note that the victim's friend first asserted that Oden had struck the female - believed to be someone whom Oden had dated for two years up until two months ago.

As per the official report first brought to public attention by the Indy Star:

"(Police) observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim's face.

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

Oden is believed to have cooperated with officers when they arrived on the scene, with the former number one overall draft pick telling offers "I was wrong, and I know what has to happen" before being taken from the scene.

At present the former Miami Heat big man is facing a preliminary charge of battery.

A difficult career

A native of Indianapolis, Greg Oden was a standout performer during his high school days and went on to help the Ohio State Buckeyes to a national title during his one year of college basketball.

Oden's career has rapidly deteriorated since entering the NBA as the no.1 pick however, with injuries decimating the now 25-year-olds time in the pros.

Missing his entire rookie season with Portland, Oden managed just 82 games for the Trail Blazers over two years. That was followed by three seasons away from the NBA entirely due to persistent issues with troublesome knees.

He returned in 2013-14 with the Miami Heat, playing 23 times for the losing NBA finalists before entering free agency this offseason.

Oden had been expected to workout with the LA Clippers this week in a bid to find a new franchise, but following the arrest that is unlikely to happen.

Domestic abuse in sport

Greg Oden's alleged actions come during a time when sport has been dealing with domestic abuse issues of its own.

NFL player Ray Rice was recently banned for two games in relation to an incident in which he appeared to drag his unconscious future wife out of a Las Vegas hotel elevator.

Well-known analyst Stephen A. Smith has also drawb criticism with comments regarding a woman's role in domestic abuse cases - a remark he has since apologized for.

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