Jason Whitlock has ripped Michael Oher for filing a lawsuit against the Tuohy family, who provided the troubled teenager with a stable environment ahead of his college and professional football careers.
Whitlock has surgically slammed the former NFL player who accused the Tuohys of willfully cheating and financially exploiting him on Fearless with Jason Whitlock. As always, the BlazeTV host squarely rebuked the allegations made by Oher in a Tennessee court filing on Monday.
“Why are members of the media accompanying Oher’s efforts to shake up the Tuohy family for money on the pretext that they lied to him and exploited him for profit?” asked Whitlock.
Then came a typically inflamed comment — similar to those that earned him national notoriety at the Kansas City Star, ESPN and Fox Sports.
“What he is doing to the family is despicable. He’s telling an obvious lie that he knows most media will be too afraid to question because he’s black,’ he said.
BlazeTV reporter Jason Whitlock has unloaded on Michael Oher, calling his actions ‘despicable’
Oher (centre) filed a lawsuit against Sean (left) and Leigh Anne Tuohy (right) on Monday
“Besides, the media is lazy; it is easier to repeat allegations than to question and/or seek their legitimacy.
“It’s also easier to feel sorry for Michael Oher; it is broken. The first 15 years of his life are a tragedy – that’s not my opinion – read his book (2011), those are his own words. Her mother was a crack addict and gave birth to a dozen children with a variety of men.
In 2004, when they were 18, Oher and his birth mother signed a petition making the Tuohys his curators – in other words, they could legally act on business interests on his behalf. In his 2011 bestseller I beat the oddsOher described his version of how it happened.
“They explained to me that it meant pretty much the exact same thing as ‘adoptive parents’, but the laws were just written in a way that took into account my age.”
Oher joined Marshall Ramsey on Now you’re talking with Michael Ramsey Monday morning, to promote his latest book; When your back is against the walladding another layer of curiosity as to the timing of the filing.
The 37-year-old has repeatedly expressed his dissatisfaction with The blind side film and its portrayal of him – even suggesting it affected his football career.
“Whatever you see in the movie or the books, you have to understand what it took for me to be this 18-year-old kid when this story took shape,” Oher told Ramsey.
‘And the things that I went through and had to do to go through until this point that I went through, from 3 years old to 18 years old, when I moved in with the Tuohy family – who I am grateful for letting me stay my last year there.
Oher is seen with Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy after the NFC title game in January 2016
Oher was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft
The 37-year-old earned $34.5 million over nine NFL seasons after The Blind Side came out
“But you have to understand, I was an All-American football player before I moved in with them, you have to understand what it took for me to get here.”
Oher’s rhetoric during Monday’s interview, in addition to previous interviews on the subject, certainly lends itself to an ostensible desire for personalized praise for his own part in the rags-to-riches story.
“Michael Oher wants credit,” Whitlock added. “I get it, really. He wants to be the star and hero of his own movie. Most people do. Oher lacks self-awareness, humility, and most likely intelligence. Making $34 million as a that average professional athlete will certainly create a certain illusion.
Whitlock’s powerful rebuke didn’t end there.
“Michael Oher is so arrogant and delusional that he thinks his natural intellect would have developed no matter the circumstances. It’s a naïve worldview. He is still naive. He thinks this desperate attempt to shake up the family who took him into their home is a good idea and will result in a financial windfall. It’s not. As lazy as the media, as lazy as the journalists and pundits are, they are going to have to face the truth.
“The Tuohys were wealthy when they took legal guardianship of Oher. They sold their family business for $200 million. They had no financial motive to exploit Oher. They had no control over his professional career.
Oher’s rags-to-riches story was made into the 2009 Oscar-winning film, The Blind Side
Oher alleged that he was tricked into signing a document that returned Tuohy’s conservatives – not his adoptive parents – and then allowed them to take advantage of him.
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy in the beloved film
During his four years at Oxford, Oher was a three-time All-SEC. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Oher played five seasons with the Ravens before one in Tennessee and his final two years at Carolina.
Sean Tuohy said the family – including Oher – received an equal amount – $14,000 – from the 2009 film. Naturally, this is in direct opposition to Oher’s claims. The Tuohy family did indeed sell various franchises for $200 million, which lends credence to Whitlock’s claim.
According to family attorney Marty Singer, who provided a statement to Dailymail.com on Tuesday, Oher demanded $15 million from Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy before filing a petition to end the family’s conservatorship over him. .
“They’re putting out all this exploitation nonsense under guardianship, like Britney Spears’ parents control all her money.” Michael, Reporters, The World; the Tuohys have, and always have had, more money than Michael Oher. They also have more class, decency, and compassion than Oher. Sean Tuohy says he still loves Michael Oher. He denies all of this.
“Their side makes perfect sense. Here’s the deal everyone is going to have to figure out with Michael Oher being just as emotionally broken as his first day as an overgrown teenager who slept on the Tuohys couch.
TUOHY FAMILY STATEMENT
A statement from Tuohy family attorney Martin Singer:
Anyone with a modicum of common sense can see that Michael Oher’s outlandish claims about the Tuohy family are hurtful and absurd. The idea that the Tuohys ever sought to take advantage of Mr. Oher is not only offensive, it is patently ridiculous. Through hard work and luck, Sean and Leigh Anne have earned an extraordinary amount of money in the restaurant business. The idea that a couple worth hundreds of millions of dollars would collude to withhold a few thousand dollars in profit sharing payments from anyone – let alone someone they loved as a son – defies belief.
In reality, the Tuohys opened their home to Mr. Oher, offered him structure, support, and most importantly, unconditional love. They always treated him like a son and one of their three children. His response was to threaten them, including saying he would publish a negative story about them in the press unless they paid him $15 million.
When Michael Lewis, a friend of Sean’s since childhood, was approached to turn his book about Mr. Oher and the Tuohys into a film about their family, his agents brokered a deal where they received a small advance from the company of production and a small percentage of net profits. They insisted that any money received be divided equally. And they kept that commitment.
The evidence — documented in profit-sharing checks and studio accounting statements — is clear: Over the years, the Tuohys have given Mr. Oher an equal share of every penny received from The Blind Side. Even recently when Mr Oher started threatening them what he would do unless they paid him an eight figure windfall, and as part of that shakedown effort refused to cash in on the small profit checks from the Tuohys, they still deposited Mr. Oher’s equal share in a trust account they opened for his son.
Moreover, despite the false allegation in the lawsuit, the Tuohys have always been candid about how a conservatorship (of which not a penny was received) was established to meet Mr. Oher’s needs, ranging from getting health insurance getting a driver’s license to help with college admissions. If Mr. Oher wishes to end the guardianship, now or at any time in the future, the Tuohys will never object in any way.
Unbeknownst to the public, Mr Oher has actually attempted to perform this play several times before – but it appears many other lawyers quit representing him once they saw the evidence and learned the truth. Unfortunately, Mr. Oher eventually found a willing facilitator and filed this ridiculous lawsuit as a cynical attempt to gain attention in the midst of his latest book tour.
The Tuohys will always care deeply for Mr. Oher. They are heartbroken by these events. They desperately hope that he comes to regret his recent decisions, that he makes different choices in the future, and that one day they can reconcile with him. In the meantime, however, they won’t hesitate to uphold their good name, stand up to this shakedown, and defeat this offensive lawsuit.