NBA player Greg Oden to leave state, remain on GPS monitoring after arrest

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LAWRENCE (Aug. 13, 2014) – Former Lawrence North basketball star and NBA player Greg Oden appeared in court Wednesday.

He faces a felony battery charge after last week’s arrest in a domestic dispute.

During the hearing, FOX59 learned that Oden remains free on bond and faces an Oct. 22 trial. He still has to wear a GPS monitoring device given to him last week, although a judge will decide if he’ll have to continue wearing it within the next month.

Oden will also be relocated to another state, his attorney said. No contact orders with his ex-girlfriend and her friend remain in effect.

The NBA player is accused of punching his ex-girlfriend. He was arrested early Thursday morning at his mother’s home in Lawrence.

Charges against him include felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanors: domestic battery and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Court documents show Oden told officers “things got out of control” and he went after his ex-girlfriend during an argument.

He said his mother and a friend tried to hold him back but “I swung my arms to move them out of the way and then punched” the woman in the face.

“I was wrong and I know what has to happen,” he told investigators. Police described Oden as “calm, apologetic and cooperative” during the investigation.

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