Michael Oher had beforehand known as the Tuohys his “authorized conservators” in his 2011 guide I Beat The Odds: From Homelessness To The Blind Facet And Past. Whereas the previous NFL star, 37, claimed that he’d solely discovered of the conservatorship in February 2023 in his authorized petition, he did name Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy his conservators in a piece of the guide the place he speaks about his relationship with the household.
Whereas Michael stated that he’d been part of the household for a 12 months at that time, he defined the authorized reasoning for the conservatorship fairly than adoption. “Since I used to be already over the age of eighteen and thought of an grownup by the state of Tennessee, Sean and Leigh Anne could be named as my ‘authorized conservators,’” he wrote, per TMZ. “They defined to me that it means just about the very same factor as ‘adoptive mother and father,’ however that the legal guidelines had been simply written in a approach that took my age into consideration. Actually, I didn’t care what it was known as. I used to be simply pleased that nobody may argue that we weren’t legally what we already knew was actual: We had been a household.”
The guide’s point out of the conservatorship does contradict Michael’s declare within the authorized petition that he solely simply discovered of it earlier this 12 months. “Michael Oher found this misinform his chagrin and embarrassment in February of 2023, when he discovered that the Conservatorship to which he consented on the idea that doing so would make him a member of the Tuohy household, in reality supplied him no familial relationship with the Tuohys,” the submitting stated, per ESPN.
Michael’s authorized submitting claimed that he didn’t generate profits from The Blind Facet, and that he was by no means legally adopted by the Tuohys. The petition requested him to be faraway from the conservatorship and to position an injunction on the household utilizing his identify. He’s additionally asking for compensatory and punitive damages.
After the petition was reported, Sean launched an announcement to The Daily Memphian, the place he stated that he was “devastated,” and claimed that household didn’t generate profits from the film. Moreover, he stated that they signed conservatorship paperwork to assist him go to Ole Miss. “It’s upsetting to assume we’d generate profits off any of our kids. However we’re going to like Michael at 37 identical to we beloved him at 16,” he stated.
Michael additionally launched his personal assertion to The New York Post. “I’m disheartened by the revelation shared within the lawsuit as we speak,” he stated. “This can be a tough state of affairs for my household and me. I wish to ask everybody to please respect our privateness right now. For now, I’ll let the lawsuit converse for itself and can supply no additional remark.”