Michael Oher released from conservatorship in 'Blind Side' case

In a recent development, a Tennessee couple's conservatorship over former NFL lineman Michael Oher will come to an end after Oher petitioned the court last month. Oher accused the couple, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, of profiting off his name and deceiving him into believing they had adopted him. Various outlets have reported on this story.

The Tuohys gained recognition after the publication of the best-selling book "The Blind Side" and its subsequent Oscar-winning movie adaptation, which depicted them as saviors to Oher, providing him shelter, helping him build a football career, and eventually adopting him. However, it has now been revealed that they never formally adopted Oher.

During a virtual court appearance, Judge Katheleen Gomes announced her decision to end the nearly 20-year conservatorship, which Oher believes brought financial gain to the Tuohys. Oher has requested that the couple provide an account of all the money they acquired through the conservatorship.

Michael Oher is a retired NFL lineman who played for teams such as the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, and Carolina Panthers. He also played college football at the University of Mississippi, which happens to be the alma mater of the Tuohys.

Forbes has reached out to the attorneys representing both parties, as well as the Shelby County Probate Court clerk, for comment on this matter.

Judge Gomes expressed surprise at the creation of the conservatorship, stating that in her 43-year career, she had never seen one established for someone who wasn't disabled. The conservatorship allowed the Tuohys to make medical and education decisions on Oher's behalf, and he was unable to enter contracts without their approval.

In a petition submitted last month, Oher requested that the Tuohys repay him the money he believes they obtained through the conservatorship, along with interest.

This case raises questions about the nature of conservatorships and how others may have profited from the success of individuals such as Oher and pop star Britney Spears. It also highlights the role that Hollywood played in shaping the narratives surrounding Oher and the Tuohy family.

As this legal battle unfolds, it will be interesting to see how the court addresses Oher's allegations and whether the Tuohys will comply with his request for financial restitution.


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