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‘Blind Side’ Family Shows ‘Menacing’ Text Messages from Michael Oher as Court Battle Rages

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The acclaimed 2009 film “The Blind Side” portrayed the formerly uplifting story of the Tuohy family’s adoption of former NFL player Michael Oher. However, the situation has since degenerated into tragedy, as Oher accuses the Tuohys of diverting money from him while he was in their care.

Furthermore, on Monday, the general public was granted an insight into the severity of the situation.

The successful film was inspired by the player’s remarkable journey from destitution to prominence and success as a collegiate football player at the University of Mississippi and a first-round NFL draft selection in 2009. It was adapted from the book of the same name that was published in 2006. Oher authored and published his book, “I Beat the Odds,” in 2012.

Since the release of the film, Oher has been accusing Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the couple who raised him as a teenager, of swiping money from him and lying to him for over a year.

Oher, a black individual, has asserted that the Tuohys, a Caucasian family, amassed millions of dollars from the critically acclaimed film that featured Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron without compensating him proportionately. Additionally, he has levied allegations against the family, which provided support throughout his high school education, collegiate football, and NFL career, and took him in when he was a destitute adolescent, of deceiving him regarding their intention to adopt him.

Nevertheless, the author of the seminal book on the subject has interpreted Oher’s larceny allegations as confirmation that football has impairing the player’s cognitive abilities. Michael Lewis, an author, asserts that he is certain the Tuohy family paid Oher the entire amount owed to him and that no family member ever made more than “a few hundred thousand dollars” off the film.

Nonetheless, Oher appears to be at least partially correct on one point. Although they never did so, the Tuohys have frequently stated in public that Oher was their “son” and that they had every intention of adopting him. Conversely, they established a legal conservatorship over the football player’s finances that commenced at the age of 18.

In fact, this legal authority over Oher’s finances was maintained by his family until a court forcibly terminated it this year, at the age of 37.

However, in response to the allegations that they fabricated information, the Tuohy family has stated that Oher’s decision to attend the University of Mississippi was prior to the adoption dispute. Both Tuoys are renowned Ole Miss alumni and ardent supporters of the program.

In an interview published in August, Sean Tuohy told The Daily Memphian that a conservatorship was the closest thing they could establish to a familial relationship that would satisfy NCAA regulators at that point in time, when Oher had reached an age beyond adoption.

“They said the only way Michael could go to Ole Miss was if he was actually part of the family,” he said, according to CBS.

“…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.”

However, Oher continues to maintain his position that the Tuohy family has misappropriated his funds for years and failed to compensate him for his rightful portion of the revenue generated by the renowned film.

However, this accusation appears to be without merit. According to the film’s producers, the sum reported by the Tuohys as compensation given to the player appears to align with their own reimbursement records to the Tuohy family.

Despite this, Oher continues to file lawsuits against the family. As reported by the Memphis Commercial Appeal on Monday, the family has filed court documents comprising a portion of the alleged threats he issued against them through “threatening” texts in response to some of his accusations.

Commercial Appeal reported that the Tuohys filed their most recent documents in Shelby County Probate Court.

The filing allegedly contained texts from Oher in which he threatened to label the family as criminals in TMZ gossip articles and threatened to launch a social media assault unless the defendants paid him $15 million.

According to the filing, Oher increased his initial demand of $10 million to $15 million “after taxes” when the parties declined his offer of $10 million.

“It was 10 million now I want 15 after taxes,” a text message allegedly from Oher reads.

Oher apparently believed that the Tuohys were conspiring with Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx and the majority proprietor of Alcon Entertainment, the studio that produced “The Blind Side.”

“Get with Fred and get my money together,” Oher supposedly wrote adding that the Tuohys were “thieves.”

“If something isn’t resolve (sic) this Friday, I’m going to go ahead and tell the world, how I was robbed by my suppose to be (sic) parents. That’s the deadline. Better call Fred and everyone else involved. Think how it will look when this comes out,” another text reads.

As per the documentation provided to the court by the Tuohys, every member of the family, including Oher, was entitled to $138,309.90 in earnings from the sale of “The Blind Side” film.

Leigh and Sean Oher’s allegations have been characterized by Anne Tuohy as a possible “shakedown.”

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