According to the Lawrence Police Department, the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m.
From USA Today:
Officers arrived at the home to find the victim crying and lying across a bed holding her face, police said. 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.
The victim’s best friend, police said, told the woman, “There isn’t that much love in the world. You need to tell that he punched you in the face.”
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.”
Police say Oden was “calm, apologetic and cooperative” when they arrived at the home, owned by his mother.
“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.
Oden, who played 23 times with the Miami Heat after signing a free agent deal last season, faces a preliminary charge of battery.
SOURCE: USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Lawrence Police Department