Tuohy nation responds to Michael Oher’s allegations that they pretended adoption for tens of millions: “We’re devastated”

Participants of the Tuohy nation are talking out next former NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher alleged that they earned tens of millions from pushing a fraudelant narrative that they followed him, the muse at the back of the 2009 Sandra Bullock movie “The Blind Side.” 

Oher, 37, petitioned a Tennessee pass judgement on on Monday announcing that he had by no means been followed by means of the nation, and in lieu was once beneath a conservatorship. He alleged in court docket paperwork that the nation satisfied him to signal paperwork agreeing to the conservatorship in 2004 by means of claiming it was once “for all intents and purposes, an adoption.” 

That signature allowed the Tuohys to “reap millions of dollars” off the 2009 movie, he alleged, week he “received nothing.” 

However Tuohy nation patriarch Sean Tuohy — who was once portrayed by means of Tim McGraw within the blockbuster collision — stated Monday that Oher’s allegations aren’t true. 

“We didn’t make any money off the movie,” he informed the Daily Memphian. “Well, Michael Lewis [the author of the book that inspired the movie] gave us half of his share. Everybody in the family got an equal share, including Michael. It was about $14,000, each.” 

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Michael Oher of the Ole Pass over Rebels stands along with his nation all through senior ceremonies previous to a recreation in opposition to the Mississippi Atmosphere Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 28, 2008.

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Sean Tuohy stated that he realized about Oher’s allegations when his buddy despatched him a piece of writing about it. The conservatorship in query, he stated, had not anything to do with the film however was once intended to backup Oher as he were given recruited to play games at Ole Pass over, the place Sean Tuohy had performed soccer as neatly and was once an lively booster. 

“They said the only way Michael could go to Ole Miss was if he was actually part of the family,” Tuohy stated, including that as a result of Oher was once 18 on the occasion, the conservatorship was once a method to build that occur legally since he was once too impaired to be legally followed. “…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.”

If Oher needs to finish the conservatorship now, Tuohy stated that he would “of course” be keen to finish it. He additionally stated that there was a rising distance between Oher and the nation over the month day and a part. 

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

His son, Sean Tuohy Jr., has additionally spoken out in regards to the allegations, telling Barstool Sports on Monday, “I get why he’s mad.” 

“I completely understand,” he stated. “It stinks that it’ll play out in a very public stage.”

Oher’s petition says that he won incorrect repayment for “The Blind Side,” which tells the tale of ways Oher went from an lunatic house month and foster aid to in the end being taken in by means of the Tuohys, who’re depicted as offering him with a house, schoolmaster and alternative wishes that will pave the way in which for him to finally end up at their alma mater and in the end, the NFL. 

In spite of the film being according to his month, Oher stated it was once handiest the Tuohys who won cash for the movie’s $300 million good fortune. 

“In these conservatorship abuse cases there’s a position of trust where one adult gives over this power to the other adult, believing that they have their best interests at heart, or not even understanding what they’re signing,” conservatorship knowledgeable Christopher Melcher stated. “He was an adult at that time. There was no reason for him to have to surrender those rights.”

Khristopher J. Brooks contributed to this file.

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