Michael Oher Allegations : The Blind Side,” a 2009 box office blockbuster, is gaining notice again. This time, it’s for what people said, not what it did well. The main defendant, Michael Oher, claims that the wealthy Tuohy family profited from him while he was in conservatorship. The Tuohys’ response supports their position.
The former NFL player requested Shelby County’s family court to end guardianship at 37. According to court filings, the Tuohys may have persuaded Oher to support it in 2004. It proved that his parents controlled him until he turned 25 or a judge ordered them to stop.
Oher’s new guilty plea proves his independence. Conservatorship is no longer needed.
The Daily Memphian reports that Sean Tuohy, the family patriarch, denies the accusations. Tuohy refuted accusations that their movie was profitable by saying they lost money. A friend forwarded him an ESPN piece about the lawsuit. He discussed Michael Lewis, the author of “The Blind Side,” and noted that each family member received $14,000.
He was transparent about their business. He maintained the conservatorship had nothing to do with the movie and welcomed an investigation into his company’s sale. Tuohy believes it was done to satisfy the NCAA so Oher could play football at Mississippi. Oher’s protracted stay with the Tuohys scared the NCAA, so they needed a solution. Oher’s family joining the squad may fix the situation, they suggested.
The Tuohy patriarch stated he would dissolve the conservatorship if Oher wanted. He mentioned this while discussing their 18-month separation. The charges wounded him, but he said they would always adore Oher.
The Tuohys did well, but Oher alleges he wasn’t paid for his efforts on the movie, which generated over $300 million worldwide. Oher was astonished in 2023 to learn he wasn’t a Tuohy legally. Oher received a conservatorship instead of adoption documents in his junior year of high school. This is not how the movie depicts the occurrence, but proof supports it.
Nonprofit “Making It Happen” and Leigh Anne Tuohy declined to answer NPR’s queries.