Earlier this week, stunning news emerged in that NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher is accusing that the Tuohy Family tricked him into signing the conservatorship.
As documented by ESPN’s Michael A. Fletcher earlier this week, Oher filed a 14-page petition in Shelby County, Tennessee, alleging that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy “tricked him into signing a document making them his conservators, which gave them legal authority to make business deals in his name.”
Oher was in high school when he moved into the Tuohy family home, but his petition alleges that the couple never actually adopted him.
But as noted by Mark Harris of OutKick, there’s an excerpt from Oher’s 2011 memoir, I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond, which suggests that Oher was aware of the Tuohys taking over his conservatorship:
“It kind of felt like a formality, as I’d been a part of the family for more than a year at that point. Since I was already over the age of eighteen and considered an adult by the state of Tennessee, Sean and Leigh Anne would be named as my ‘legal conservator’.
“They explained to me that it means pretty much the exact same thing as ‘adoptive parents. But that the laws were just written in a way that took my age into account. Honestly, I didn’t care what it was called. I was just happy that no one could argue that we weren’t legally what we already knew was real: We were a family.”
The petition also accuses the Tuohys of making money off the 2009 film, The Blind Side (film), and that Oher didn’t earn any payments for it. Attorneys for the Tuohys claim tat each family and Oher received $100,00 for the film.
The Blind Side is based on Michael Lewis’ 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Oher was a key focus in Lewis’ book, and the film starred Quinton Aaron as Oher. Sandra Bullock played Leigh Anne in the film, with Tim McGraw depicting Sean.
Now 37, Oher was a first-round draft pick of the Ravens back in 2009. He won a Super Bowl 47 championship ring there in the 2012 season and also had brief stints with the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers.
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