Title: Michael Lewis Discloses Details About the Ongoing Drama Between Michael Oher and the Tuohy Family
Renowned author Michael Lewis, known for his book “The Blind Side,” has broken his silence on the contentious relationship between Michael Oher and the Tuohy family. Despite the movie adaptation of the book grossing almost $310 million at the box office, Lewis reveals that none of the parties involved received significant financial compensation.
Oher, the subject of Lewis’ book, filed a lawsuit claiming that the Tuohys never adopted him but instead established a conservatorship over him. According to Oher’s attorney, he accused the family of misrepresenting themselves as his adoptive parents and stated the conservatorship was not what he had agreed upon.
However, the Tuohys’ lawyer offers a differing perspective, stating that Oher and the family received approximately $100,000 each from the proceeds of the film. The lawyer also claimed that the couple paid taxes on Oher’s portion of the earnings.
To shed light on the financial matters, Lewis disclosed that the studio paid $250,000 for the movie rights, and the amount was then evenly split between Lewis and the Tuohy family. Both parties received around $350,000 each from the movie’s profits.
Interestingly, Oher declined to accept his royalty checks from the film. Lewis speculates that the money was likely put into a trust for Oher’s son, indicating that the football player had intentions of securing his child’s future instead.
In response to Oher’s allegations, the Tuohys’ legal team expressed their desire to terminate the conservatorship and seek a consent order. The family claims that the conservatorship was established to assist Oher with essential matters such as health insurance, obtaining a driver’s license, and pursuing college admissions.
Oher’s lawsuit highlights that the conservatorship was approved despite him being over 18 years old and not having any diagnosed disabilities. The legal battle centers on whether the conservatorship was genuinely for Oher’s benefit or an arrangement that he did not fully understand.
Ultimately, the drama surrounding Oher and the Tuohy family overshadows the tremendous success and popularity of “The Blind Side.” While Oher achieved fame and success in his football career, playing for the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, and Tennessee Titans, the unresolved issues with his former adoptive family continue to haunt him.
As both sides present their arguments and the legal battle unfolds, the public remains captivated by the real-life events that inspired Michael Lewis’ critically acclaimed book and subsequent movie adaptation.