Former No. 1 pick Greg Oden strikes plea deal in assault case

Wednesday February 4th, 2015

Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden struck a plea agreement with prosecutors to settle battery charges involving a former girlfriend, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Oden was originally charged with two felony battery counts and two misdemeanor battery counts. He pleaded guilty in December to felony battery with moderate bodily injury and the other three charges against him were dismissed.

Oden received 909 days of probation, was fined $200 and was ordered to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling and alcohol counseling. He was also ordered to stay away from the woman.

Oden was arrested in his hometown of Lawrence, Ind. last August after police responded to a call at his residence and found the alleged victim bleeding, with "swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim's face."

The 27-year-old Oden was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, but knee injuries soon derailed his career. He did not play at all during the 2010-11, 2011-12 or 2012-13 seasons because of knee issues. 

Oden played last season with the Miami Heat, averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 23 regular season games.

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