Blind Side’s Tuohy family criticized Below Deck’s appearance which viewers call “a red flag.”
- Sean Tuohy, 63, spoke about the development of The Blind Side during an appearance on Below Deck in 2017, sparking debate on social media
- The clip resurfaced after Michael Oher filed a lawsuit against the Tuohys
- Some felt there was something odd about Oher’s absence from the Bravo show
Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy are being criticized for their performance on Below Deck in 2017 and the “red flags” it raised about how their story would be portrayed in the film The Blind Side.
A snippet of the Tuohy’s appearance on the Bravo reality TV series resurfaced on TikTok shortly after their “adopted” son, former NFL player Michael Oher, filed a lawsuit against them saying they never adopted him and benefited from his story.
In the clip, seen in a viral messages by user Abigail Adams, Sean says he intended to give rights for The Blind Side to Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein – and he wanted script approval as part of the deal.
The clip raised red flags for viewers, who expressed concern about Oher’s apparent lack of involvement in the film, which he now claims is highly fictionalized, and who felt his absence from the Below Deck episode was suspicious.
The Blind Side follows Oher’s remarkable journey from poverty to the Super Bowl and was inspired by the 2006 novel written by Sean’s former classmate, author Michael Lewis.
Dinnertime: Sean and Leigh Ann Tuohy enjoyed their time on the yacht below deck without Michael, and their two other children Collins and SJ. The two have not been on board since 2017
Oher, 37, served one petition of 14 pages claiming on August 14 that the Tuohys tricked him into signing away the legal authority to use his name in business deals after he turned 18.
He also claims that the family used royalties from The Blind Side to make themselves rich – it made $309 million at the box office.
In her post on TikTok, Adams said, “Am I the only person who can’t stop thinking about this episode as if the movie wasn’t already a red flag, of course this was an even bigger one, in my opinion? ‘
While the Tuohys were “sailing there,” she said, “Oher is reportedly fighting back for his rights.”
Below deck, the Tuohys haven’t had more on their boat since the episode.
Oher, along with the Tuohys’ other children, Collins and SJ, did not appear on the show.
Michael Oher claims that the Tuohys made a deal in which they, along with their children Collins and SJ, would receive royalties from The Blind Side, and that he has not received any royalties since its release.
Former NFL player Michael Oher was an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens from 2009-2013. He was also a member of the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers before retiring in 2017
Some TikTok users thought there was something odd about Oher’s absence from Below Deck and the way the Tuohys discussed The Blind Side negotiations
The Tuohys deny Oher’s allegations. Sean responded by saying the Daily Memphis that his family “made no money from the film,” but did receive proceeds from Michael Lewis’ 2006 novel.
“It’s disturbing to think that we would make money off one of our children,” he added.
“But we’re going to love Michael when he was 37, just like we loved him when he was 16.”
Trying to end the Tuohy’s conservatory, Oher wants an injunction to ban them from using his name and likeness.
He is also seeking a fair share of the profits and damages.