A few paragraphs from Michael Oher’s memoir from 2011 seem to suggest the former NFL player knew exactly what he was getting into when he went to live with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy.
The 2009 movie, ‘The Blind Side’, left viewers thinking the family legally adopted Michael after they gave him a place to stay and helped him on his path to becoming a professional athlete.
But the erstwhile tackle has made them the subject of a lawsuit implying he was tricked into agreeing to a conservatorship, something he says allowed them to profit from his story while he made nothing himself.
Oher wrote a book two years after the film came out titled ‘I Beat The Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond’ in which he doesn’t seem all that ignorant.
TMZ returned to the memoir amid the brewing saga and a certain excerpt makes it seem like he was under no illusions.
Have a read right below:
“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 conservators.
“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.”
Attorneys for the family have already accused Oher of trying to shake them down via “outrageous” allegations. They’re probably going to point to that part of the book if the matter reaches a courtroom.
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