Michael Oher smiling at a red carpet event


The Blind Side Adoption Lie That Cost NFL's Michael Oher Millions

Retired NFL player Michael Oher and the subject of the Oscar-winning film "The Blind Side" has shared a hard-hitting truth: He was never adopted by the Tuohy family.

The hit film depicts Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy legally adopting Oher, but Oher has revealed that all the family did was trick him into signing a conservatorship at the age of 18.

Oher signed the papers when he was a high school senior and was told there was no difference between adoption and conservatorship.

Oher didn’t discover until February 2023 that the conservatorship didn’t grant him any familial ties to the Tuohys and restricted some of his fiscal rights.

On August 14, Oher filed a petition in probate court stating the Tuohys used the conservatorship to pay themselves and their children millions of dollars from the film’s royalties.

Oher claims that he hasn't received any royalties from the film based on his life and filed his petition in hopes still-active conservatorship will end.

Oher also seeks punitive damages, a share of any profit the Tuohys have earned off his name, and wishes to bar any further use of his likeness.