- Oher’s foster brothers and high school friends addressed the issues with CNN
- Oher sued the Tuohys, who are portrayed in the film as his adoptive parents
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Long-time friends and confidants of Michael Oher are taking aim at the award-winning film, The Blind Side, and other depictions of the former NFL player that they feel are misleading.
The film and the 2006 bestseller on which it is based tell the story of a young Oher moving from foster care into the home of a wealthy, white Memphis couple, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, who help him graduate before guiding him to college and the NFL.
Nate and Quwanda Hale, two of Oher’s foster brothers, told CNN this week that parts of the film are simply untrue, including one scene in which the budding offensive lineman told Leigh Anne that he never had his own bed.
‘That video is depicting something that didn’t occur,’ the Hales told CNN, explaining that every child in foster care is required to ‘have their own space.’
Oher is in the midst of an ongoing lawsuit against Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, claiming the couple the couple was misrepresented in ‘The Blind Side’ as his adoptive parents, and insisting they tricked him into signing a conservatorship agreement, thereby allowing themselves to profit off his story.
The Tuohys have denied lying to Oher.
Oher (pictured with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy) was reportedly paid $138,000 for his rights
The Tuohy family has denied lying to Oher and denying him millions in film royalties
A Tennessee judge ended that conservatorship in September, saying she was disturbed such an agreement was ever reached because Oher was 18 when it was signed in 2004 had no disability that could necessitate the pact.
Whereas the book and film depict the Tuohys as Oher’s saviors, Oher’s friend and teammate Quinterio Franklin insists they only took in young Michael because their home was conveniently located near the school and Sean was a volunteer coach for the team.
‘I’m embarrassed for him as a friend — [the film is] not accurate and it’s hurtful,’ Franklin told CNN.
The Tuohys are portrayed as Oher’s adoptive family in the 2006 bestseller, The Blind Side
Franklin claims he was so upset that he walked out of the theater when he tried to watch the film in 2009.
Nate Hale also took issue with the portrayal of Oher as an discontent teenager, saying that he was a resilient young man who was determined to reach the NFL.
‘Michael pretty much grasped the concept that everyone else grasped — this is not the end of your life — let this be a step towards the beginning of a new life,’ Nate said.
Oher has also taken issue with his portrayal in the 2009 film.
‘I had ability to want to succeed and be something, and it didn’t show the work ethic that I put in to get to that point,’ Oher told Salon in a recent interview.
Oher claims the conservatorship served to deny him film royalties, but court documents filed Wednesday claim he was paid $138,311.01 in 16 instalments across 16 years.
His bombshell legal filing in August asserted he received nothing from the film and that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy ‘collectively received millions of dollars’ while misrepresenting their conservatorship.
Oher’s attorney has been approached for comment.
The film itself grossed over $300million after it came out in 2009.