I was thinking about Oher the other day when trying to figure out who was on the Ravens Super Bowl team back in 2013. Ironically, I've been itching to rewatch "The Blindside" because football season is upon us.
Turns out my inkling came with a news headline. Michael Oher just dropped a bomb saying that his adopted family, Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy, never actually adopted him. He placed him in a conservatorship, and essentially bank-rolled Oher's winnings into their pockets. According to the Shleby County Court and NBC News, The Tuohys negotiated a deal with 20th Century Fox that left Oher without any payment for the rights to his name, likeness and life story while the Tuohy family received a contract price of $225,000 in addition to 2.5% of the film’s net proceeds.
The Blindside movie grossed over $300 million dollars, and now years later, Oher never made a penny. The conservatorship was granted until Oher reached the age of 25 or until the court terminated the order, but the arrangement was never terminated.
This whole situation is just wild. Obviously his story was hollywood-ized, but the story was truly remarkable, and you really thought his family was doing the right thing. I wonder how it's going to all unfold, but it's safe to say, the "Blindside 2" Netflix is going to be wild.