Michael Oher was a middling offensive lineman for eight seasons in the NFL. After a star-studded college career that saw him earn First-team honors twice in the Southeastern Conference at Ole Miss and a Unanimous All-American selection in 2008, Oher was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
Oher went on to win a Super Bowl in Baltimore, but after four seasons, he moved on to the Tennessee Titans. He backed up a season in Tennessee, then rode the bench for a season in Carolina before calling it a career. Despite a lackluster career, Oher was still a household name thanks to the hit movie, “The Blind Side.”
The film centered around Michael Oher and the family that took him in and gave him a place to live after being a homeless teenager. Sean Tuohy and his wife Anne, portrayed by Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock, essentially served as Oher’s parents and were largely responsible for making sure he received the opportunities in life after being homeless and from a broken family.
Now, after Oher’s career has ended, he is suing the family, claiming they never legally adopted him. He also alleges that the Tuohy family tricked him into signing a conservator agreement in order to control his finances and profit off of his name. Considering the family was already very wealthy, it is a dubious claim, to say the least.
Now, despite the fact that she only acted in the movie, the woke internet mob is demanding Bullock give the Oscar she won for her portrayal of Anne Tuohy back. It is just another disappointing development in the sad story of Michael Oher.
For reasons that are unclear to level-headed people, the internet wants Bullock punished for acting in a movie. Some of the unhinged Tweets are as follows:
“For some reason the whole blind side was fake thing makes me just hate Sandra bullock.”
“Sandra Bullock yelled “run the dang ball” a couple times and had the academy trembling on their hands and knees.”
“Sandra Bullock should give her Oscar back. She knows she didn’t deserve that shit.”
Despite the fact that Bullock, who is currently dealing with the loss of her partner from ALS, had absolutely nothing to do with the actual origin story, internet trolls are still demanding retribution.
The real vitriol probably should be laid at the feet of Oher himself. Despite Oher’s claims that he was never actually adopted and has seen no profits from the movie, the Tuohy family and their attorneys appear to have ample evidence to the contrary and a legal excuse as to why they, in fact, couldn’t legally adopt someone over the age of 18. Oher was a legal adult at the time and had to do a conservatorship so he could attend Ole Miss on scholarship.
Sean Tuohy said this: “Michael was obviously living with us for a long time, and the NCAA didn’t like that. They said the only way Michael could go to Ole Miss was if he was actually part of the family. I sat Michael down and told him, ‘If you’re planning to go to Ole Miss — or even considering Ole Miss — we think you have to be part of the family. This would do that, legally.’ We contacted lawyers who had told us that we couldn’t adopt over the age of 18. The only thing we could do was to have a conservatorship. We were so concerned it was on the up-and-up that we made sure the biological mother came to court.”
The family’s legal team also states that Oher demanded $15 million before he filed the suit, or he would go public with the story. The Tuohy’s legal team responded to the allegations: “Over the years, the Tuohys have given Mr. Oher an equal cut of every penny received from ‘The Blind Side.’ Even recently, when Mr. Oher started to threaten them about what he would do unless they paid him an eight-figure windfall, and, as part of that shakedown effort refused to cash the small profit checks from the Tuohys, they still deposited Mr. Oher’s equal share into a trust account they set up for his son.”
The family’s lawyer also maintained that Oher had been denied by numerous attorneys seeking to pursue the case and only recently found one that would actually take on what looks to be an unwinnable venture. It is a sad chapter in the Michael Oher story but appears to be one he has drummed up of his own accord.
Perhaps he is out of money, or perhaps “Big Mike” is seeking to pump up sales for the book he has written; either way, it is a sad attempt to besmirch the reputation of a family that, by all appearances, did nothing but right by a homeless teenager.
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