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Oden Faces October Trial on Battery Charges

August 13, 2014

Associated Press

Free agent center Greg Oden is facing charges of battering his girlfriend at his home in Indiana. (AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is due in court on charges alleging he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.

The free-agent center was scheduled to appear in a Marion County court Wednesday on charges of felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The 26-year-old was arrested at his mother's suburban home in Lawrence, Indiana, on Thursday and released later that day from jail. An affidavit says a witness told police Oden had punched the woman in the face, drawing blood.

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment with Oden's attorney.

The Portland Trail Blazers made Oden the top pick in the 2007 draft. He played for the Miami Heat last season.

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