Retired NFL player Michael Oher has taken legal action against the Tuohy family, accusing them of exploiting him and using a conservatorship to enrich themselves at his expense. Oher, best known for his story depicted in the film “The Blind Side,” has filed a petition in a Tennessee court seeking to end the conservatorship and prevent the family from profiting off his name and likeness.
In his petition, Oher is also demanding a full account of the Tuohys’ earnings derived from using his name and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a fair share of the profits. He alleges that the family negotiated a movie deal that made them millions, while he did not receive any financial benefits from the film adaptation of his life.
Furthermore, Oher claims that the Tuohys utilized the conservatorship to enter into business deals on his behalf without his knowledge or consent. He maintains that the family’s supposed lie of adopting him was deeply devastating and left him emotionally wounded, as he believed he was part of a stable and loving family.
Oher’s filing also raises concerns about the portrayal of his character in “The Blind Side,” alleging that he was depicted as “unintelligent.” This, according to him, marked the beginning of his issues with the Tuohy family.
It is worth noting that Oher has established his own foundation, which aims to empower underprivileged youth, regardless of their involvement in football. This philanthropic endeavor highlights Oher’s commitment to supporting disadvantaged individuals.
In response to the allegations, Sean Tuohy, a member of the family, expressed their devastation and stated their willingness to end the conservatorship if that is what Oher desires. The Tuohys vehemently deny making significant profits from “The Blind Side” and assert that they never sought financial compensation related to Oher.
As the legal battle unfolds, the outcome remains uncertain. However, Oher’s petition sheds light on a complex dispute involving the manipulation of a professional athlete’s career and personal life. Swerd Media will continue to monitor the developments of this case closely.