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Greg Oden was arrested earlier this morning in Lawrence, IN after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. He was charged with battery and you can see his mugshot here. While Oden was described by officers as "calm, apologetic and cooperative", he did not deny the charges and took full responsibility.
Oden told officers that he and the woman in question had dated for two years but that she was no longer his girlfriend and that the pair had been broken up for two months. Another woman present in the house during the alleged battery told officers that whenever Oden and his girlfriend were together, arguments always broke out.
Way back in 2010, Greg Oden's girlfriend was a girl named Candyce (Candance?), but that certainly seemed to be done. The photos in this post are of her, and we have no way of knowing currently whether Candyce was the girl that Greg Oden allegedly punched in the face. There have been other rumors of new girlfriends for Greg Oden, but none seemed to stick around long.
This story is at least slightly surprising, as Oden has always seemed like the gentle giant type. While reports from around the league seem to corroborate this image, the flip side is that Oden did have an admitted drinking problem while going through his many injury recoveries. Oden was set to workout for the Clippers soon, and one has to wonder if that is now off the table - especially in light of all the other negative PR that the team has had to deal with.
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Well, Violet Palmer's girlfriend Tanya Stine will not be a girlfriend for very much longer, because Violet Palmer is blowing the whistle and putting a ring on it. Okay, there will be no whistles involved, and working whistles into the story just because she's a ref is not at all clever. Frankly, I never really understood why there weren't female referees in sports before. I mean, I get the whole thing about male-oriented sports culture, but I thought it was really cool when Violet entered the league and started ignoring player whinings just like the rest of the refs.
It must feel so very good to ignore a multi-million-dollar basketball player when he whines. You could even say something like "Yeah, okay, I'm not listening at all to whatever it is you're going on about. I'm too busy ignoring you to listen." God, that would be awesome. Violet's girlfriend and future wife Tanya Stine always said they would tie the knot if they reached the twenty year milestone, according to USA Today. Well, it's here, and we wish them luck in their future.
Violet's girlfriend Tanya is also apparently quite gifted at the styling arts, working as a professional hair stylist for movies and television for some time. I've never heard of any of the productions (such as 2003's "The Watermelon Heist) on her hair and makeup list on IMDb, but so what. As they say in the hairstyling industry: "If they be payin', you best be sprayin'". The announcement of Violet and Tanya's engagement is also their official coming out announcement for Violet, as she did not formally say anything or make any announcements before. She waited a good ten years to tell any of her peers that she was gay, but she says the believes the NBA still would have hired her in 1997 if they had known. That's pretty cool. Man, working in the NBA sounds awesome. Remember that movie "Forget Paris" where Billy Crystal plays an NBA ref and gets whined at by Charles Barkley? No? Nevermind.
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Julius Randle's girlfriend Kendra Shaw is proud to be his girlfriend.
The college kid is more than happy to put their relationship all over Instagram, and honestly, we get it. Randle should go early in the 2014 NBA Draft, and we fully expect Kendra to be there front and center in the green room with him.
The Kentucky native Shaw appeared more than happy to bring the Dallas kid Randle to the highest sports event in the Bluegrass State. The couple donned their finest and attended the 2014 Kentucky Derby where Randle garnered the same attention as many other sports stars in attendance including Wes Welker and Tom Brady.
One item we found interesting while learning more about Kendra Shaw. Among her 1,400 Twitter followers, include the official account of the Los Angeles Lakers. Randle is predicted to head to Los Angeles with the 7 pick in many mock drafts. Could be a team doing it's homework,... could be a foreshadowing of Thursday night's Lakers pick,... or could just be a guy in the Social Media department following guys rumored to be on the teams radar. By 9:00 Thursday night, we'll all know for sure where Randle and Shaw are headed (and predict we'll see an ESPN sighting of Kendra Shaw in the green room).