Michael Oher, whose adoption was the backbone for the movie “The Blind Side” petitioned a Tennessee court with allegations that a central point of the movie was a lie, which led to the Tuohy family enriching themselves at his expense.
Oher alleges that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy never actually adopted him but tricked the future NFL offensive tackle into making them his conservators, which provided them the legal authority to make business deals on his behalf.
The legal filing reads as such:
“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.
“Michael Oher discovered this lie to his chagrin and embarrassment in February of 2023, when he learned that the Conservatorship to which he consented on the basis that doing so would make him a member of the Tuohy family provided him no familial relationship with the Tuohys.”
While this story is breaking, and there is a lot to unpack here, Oher’s financial wealth will be a topic of discussion.
How Much Did Michael Oher Make in the NFL?
With the latest news and reports circulating, Oher’s net worth will be a topic of conversation. According to various public sources, Oher’s net worth is $16 million.
The Oscar-winning film attached to Oher’s life, meanwhile, grossed more than $300 million. Despite the film’s box-office success, Oher was not pleased with how he was depicted on screen.
In his 2011 autobiography, “I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond,” Oher stated that before he met the Tuohys, he had much more football knowledge than portrayed and was much more of an extrovert than an introvert, as the movie shows.
Oher was drafted at No. 23 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Following his draft selection, Oher signed a five-year, $13.8 million deal with the team.
Michael Oher’s Net Worth
In 2014, Oher signed a four-year, $20 million contract to play for the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately, Oher sustained an injury that required him to be placed on injured reserve. The Titans released the offensive tackle the following February.
One month later, Oher signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. He would play in his one and only Super Bowl with Carolina.
In 2016, Oher signed a three-year extension with the Panthers for $21.6 million, with guarantees of $9.5 million. Unfortunately for Oher, he sustained a concussion three games into the season and would be released the following year due to a failed physical.
In his post-NFL life, Oher and Tiffany Roy were married on Nov. 5, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. The couple have been together for over 17 years and have four children — two sons and two daughters.
Oher purchased a Brentwood home in May 2014 for $1.3 million.
Tuohy Family Responds, Claims $15 Million Shakedown
Meanwhile, the Tuohy family responded to the allegations made by Oher Tuesday.
Per TMZ Sports, they not only called the claims “absurd,” “outlandish” and “hurtful” claims, but claims via their attorney Marty Singer that Oher demanded $15 million from them and if the demand wasn’t meant, he would go to the press with a negative story about them.
Singer claims the Tuohy’s “absolutely didn’t trick” Oher into agreeing to the conservatorship. He adds the conservatorship “was established to assist with Mr. Oher’s needs, ranging from getting him health insurance and obtaining a driver’s license to helping with college admissions.”
An attorney for Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy also said that Oher “threatened” the couple — indicating “he would plant a negative story about them unless they paid him $15 million.”
The Touhy’s statement called Oher’s recent petition a “cynical attempt to drum up attention during his latest book tour.”
Complete response against Oher can be found here.