Judge terminates Tuohy family conservatorship over former NFL player Michael Oher, depicted in ‘The Blind Side’

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Judge terminates Tuohy family conservatorship over former NFL player Michael Oher, depicted in ‘The Blind Side’

On October 24, 2010, a Tennessee judge, Kathleen Gomes, signed an order concluding Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy’s conservatorship over Michael Oher. This decision comes a month after the former NFL player accused the Tuohys of publicly presenting themselves as his adoptive parents and exploiting him for financial gain.

Oher, whose life story gained fame through the Oscar-winning film “The Blind Side,” filed a petition in a Tennessee court last month, alleging that the Tuohys had initially promised to adopt him, but instead initiated a conservatorship that withheld millions of dollars from him.

While the conservatorship has been terminated, the case remains open with several unresolved matters in Oher’s lawsuit. These include disputes over payments and allegations of forged signatures.

Oher has formally requested the court to compel the Tuohys to demonstrate why they have failed to fulfill their mandated responsibilities in providing regular financial reports and acting in the best interests of their ward, Michael J. Oher.

In their official response to Oher’s petition, filed in a Tennessee court, the Tuohys strongly contest Oher’s allegations that they were benefiting themselves at Oher’s expense. They assert that Oher never expressed a desire to end the conservatorship, either verbally or in writing, and maintain that they have consistently acted in Oher’s best interests.

In 1996, just before his eleventh birthday, Oher became a ward of the state of Tennessee and subsequently found himself living on the streets.

According to court documents, the Tuohys assert that Oher never expressed a desire, either verbally or in writing, to end the conservatorship. They maintain that they have consistently acted in Oher’s best interests.

At the age of 11 in 1996, Oher became a ward of the state of Tennessee, and shortly thereafter, he found himself living on the streets. With the assistance of a friend’s father, he gained admission to a school where he began playing football. The petition states that he had to rely on buses and walk for over an hour to reach school.

During the summer following his junior year, Oher started occasionally staying with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. According to the petition, while other parents of Michael’s classmates viewed him as a nice kid in need, the Tuohys, acting as conservators, allegedly saw him differently: as a vulnerable young man whose athletic talent could be leveraged for their own gain.

Reference:

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/09/29/us/michael-oher-tuohy-conservatorship-termination/index.html

https://www.albanyherald.com/news/judge-terminates-tuohy-family-conservatorship-over-former-nfl-player-michael-oher-depicted-in-the-blind/article_8829c90c-bed5-59d7-ac35-3f7977ac1694.html

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