‘Blind Side’ Tuohy family says there was no ‘intent to adopt’ Michael Oher, deny profiting off his name

The former NFL star claimed last month that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy tricked him into a conservatorship when he thought they had adopted him.

FILE - Leigh Ann Tuohy and Sean Tuohy arrives during the 82nd Academy Awards, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The Memphis couple who took in former NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher when he was in high school denied in court documents filed Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, that they used a legal agreement between them to get rich at his expense and lied about intending to adopt him. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) (Matt Sayles, AP2010)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy hit back at former NFL star Michael Oher in a new court filing Thursday, saying they never intended to adopt him and denied enriching themselves off his name.

The Tuohy’s took in Oher, now 39, when he was in high school. He went on to stardom playing for Ole Miss and then the NFL, a story documented in the Oscar-winning movie “The Blind Side.”

The rosy image of a happy, adoptive Tennessee family depicted in the film was shattered when Oher alleged in an Aug. 14 court filing that he didn’t know he had never actually been adopted. Instead, he claimed he had been placed in a conservatorship and the Tuohy’s had profited from his name and cut him out of “The Blind Side” profits.

In the August filing, Oher requested a Shelby County probate court judge end the conservatorship that started in 2004 when he was 18.

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