MIAMI (CBSMiami) – NBA player Greg Oden was arrested in Indiana overnight on two misdemeanor counts of battery.

Police responded to a disturbance at a home in Lawrence, Indiana and found a woman inside bleeding from the face and crying.

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Oden said the victim was his girlfriend and they were in an argument.

He said two people tried to hold him back and he hit her accidentally while swinging his arms.

A woman described as the victim’s best friend first told officers what happened, police said.

“He punched her in the face,” the witness said, according to the report.

The victim initially was “uncooperative,” police said.

Police “observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim’s face,” according to the report. They also “observed 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.”

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The house belongs to Oden’s mother.

Oden was “calm, apologetic and cooperative” when officers spoke with him, police said.

“I was wrong, and I know what has to happen,” Oden told police, according to the report.

Oden told police he dated the victim for approximately two years but broke up approximately two months ago, according to the report.

He faces a preliminary charge of battery.

Oden played for the Miami Heat last season and played just 23 times for the Heat though he started six games.


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