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Michael Oher’s ‘Adoptive’ Parents Say They Were Blind Sided by ‘Insulting’ Lawsuit


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Michael Oher’s “adoptive” parents hit back at claims they stole millions from the former NFL player.

Oher, 37, played in the NFL for eight seasons and won a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens.

He was portrayed in the 2009 Oscar-winning movie “The Blind Side” about a Black boy who was adopted by a wealthy white couple and went on to play in the NFL.

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Oher filed a lawsuit against Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, claiming they made him sign a conservatorship, according to ESPN.

Oher was 18 when he signed the conservatorship making them his legal guardians for business interests in his name.

Oher was born in Memphis, Tennessee to a drug-addicted mother. He was one of 12 children. His father was killed in prison when Oher was in high school.

By age 7, he was placed in foster care and moved between various foster homes.

After playing football during his freshman year at a public high school in Memphis, he applied for admission to Briarcrest Christian School and was eventually accepted.

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Oher continued to live with foster families. In 2004, the Tuohys, a couple with a daughter and son attending Briarcrest, invited Oher to live with them and adopted him.

In 2006, Oher was one of the subjects in Michael Lewis’ book titled The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.

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Sandra Bullock (pictured with Leigh Anne Tuohy) starred in “The Blind Side” based on the book in 2009. The feel-good movie grossed over $309 million at the worldwide box office.

Oher claims he never received a penny of the movie’s profits.

He filed a lawsuit in Shelby County, Tennessee on Monday alleging the movie was based on a lie and the Tuohy family used him to enrich themselves.

“The lie of Michael’s adoption is one upon which Co-Conservators Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy have enriched themselves at the expense of their Ward, the undersigned Michael Oher,” said an attorney in the legal filing obtained by ESPN.

“Michael trusted the Tuohys and signed where they told him to sign. What he signed, however, and unknown to Michael until after February 2023, were not adoption papers, or the equivalent of adoption papers,” according to the lawsuit.

“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,” Oher wrote in his 2011 best-selling book, I Beat the Odds.

Speaking with the Daily Memphian newspaper, Sean Tuohy scoffed at the claim that he and his wife earned $300 million from Oher’s name and likeness.

Tuohy said the conservatorship was drawn up so Oher would be eligible to play football at the University of Mississippi.

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“We’re devastated,” Tuohy told the Daily Memphian. “It’s upsetting to think we would make money off any of our children. But we’re going to love Michael at 37 just like we loved him at 16.”

Oher, a married father-of-4, is asking a judge to end the conservatorship with the Tuohys. He is also seeking “a full accounting” of money earned by the Tuohys using his name and likeness.

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