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Greg Oden now facing felony charges in domestic abuse case

Greg Oden Arrested

By Glenn Minnis

Free agent center Greg Oden faces felony battery charges stemming from a domestic abuse incident where he allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend in the face after a night of drinking.

The 26-year-old Oden was formally charged by prosecutors in Indiana on Monday. In addition, the former 2007 top-overall draft pick also faces charges of misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury. Oden was first taken into custody at his mother's house in Lawrence, Indiana last Thursday.

A witness told police the 7-foot, 285-pound Oden struck the victim Christina Green so hard he drew blood. In all, Green was allegedly struck three times and suffered a fractured bone in her nose and required three stitches to her face.

The Level 5 felony Oden now faces carries up to six years in prison. Oden is slated to appear in court for a hearing on Tuesday. A crying Green reportedly first told police she suffered her injuries when she fell and refused to allow police to take photos of her injuries.

"Thing got out of control, and I started to go after Christina," Oden told IndyStar.com. "My mother and Toni tried to hold me back, but I swung my arms to move them out of the way and then punched Christina in the face. I was wrong, and I know what has to happen."

Oden was tabbed by Portland with the No. 1 pick of his draft class, ahead even of reigning league MVP Kevin Durant. After undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee, he was forced to sit out his entire rookie season and never blossomed into the player many once predicted he would be.

In all, he played in just 82 games over the entire five seasons he spent with the Blazers' organization, missing three straight seasons (2011-13) entirely. Oden's best overall season came with the Blazers in 2009-10, when he averaged 11 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.


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leslie August 12 2014 at 4:33 PM

If these guy didn't play in sports they would all be in prison!

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Richard August 12 2014 at 4:16 PM

Surprise, surprise. Animals all.

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reginatorw August 12 2014 at 5:09 PM

US professional sports are the farm clubs for state penitentiary

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dan_crabtree August 12 2014 at 5:31 PM

Right color of course so will be swept under the rug as they all are..

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npaleorelic August 12 2014 at 6:13 PM

Right...I'm so sure he'll get prison time. He's a celebrity and professional athlete with $millions$ banked away and lots of influential friends in high places to ensure he doesn't. If he was just a plain guy like me he'd do some time for sure

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steel_nuts August 12 2014 at 7:22 PM

Just another classy ball player.

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Allen August 12 2014 at 6:45 PM

Biiiig man , hitting a woman . Throw his ass in jail !

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frankiegallo33 August 12 2014 at 5:30 PM

You can take the animal out of the jungle but you can't .... .... .. .... .....!

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Steelhead King August 12 2014 at 4:24 PM

As a big Blazer fan, i was very happy to know that the Blazers got the no.1 pick in 2007. Then shortly after it became obvious that Greg Oden had a body that could not support his 7 foot 285 lb. frame from the riggers of the N.B.A. Along with others i felt bad for him and wished him well. He seemed like a good man with a broken body. My how things change, what a JACKASS.

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libsfault August 12 2014 at 6:32 PM

This can't be true could it Mr. Sharpton.? A pro NBA player.........NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOcan't be

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