Sean Tuohy is firing again at Michael Oher … calling BS on the entire former NFL star’s “insulting” allegations — whereas insisting he and his household made little cash off of the success of “The Blind Aspect.”
The 63-year-old — who was performed by Tim McGraw within the 2009 hit film — mentioned he was “devastated” to study that Oher had accused him and his spouse, Leigh Anne, of exploiting him for fame and cash in a court docket submitting in Tennessee on Monday morning.
Tuohy instructed the Day by day Memphian he by no means tricked Oher into getting right into a conservatorship … and he actually did not make tens of millions off of it both.
As an alternative, Tuohy mentioned the entire ordeal went down as a result of the NCAA instructed him if Oher wished to attend Ole Miss — he’d need to be thought of a part of the household on account of Touhy’s standing as a “booster” on the faculty.
“I sat Michael down and instructed him, ‘When you’re planning to go to Ole Miss — and even contemplating Ole Miss — we expect it’s a must to be a part of the household,'” Tuohy mentioned. “‘This could try this, legally.'”
He continued, “We contacted attorneys who had instructed us that we could not undertake over the age of 18; the one factor we may do was to have a conservatorship. We had been so involved it was on the up-and-up that we made certain the organic mom got here to court docket.”
Tuohy then mentioned he’d “in fact” finish the conservatorship if that is what Oher wished.
As for the allegations that Tuohy used the conservatorship to barter a giant film cope with Fox that netted huge income for him and his household … Tuohy mentioned that simply merely by no means occurred.
“We didn’t make any cash off the film,” Tuohy mentioned. “Properly, Michael Lewis [‘The Blind Side’ book author] gave us half of his share. Everyone within the household acquired an equal share, together with Michael. It was about $14,000, every.”
Tuohy says he was in no want of money after he had bought his fast-food franchises for over $200 million.
“I’ll say it’s upsetting that folks would assume I’d need to generate income off any of my youngsters,” he mentioned.
Tuohy additionally instructed the outlet his household and Oher had remained very shut within the years after the discharge of “The Blind Aspect” … although he started to note a schism forming a couple of 12 months and a half in the past.
“No query, the allegations are insulting,” he mentioned, “however, look, it is a loopy world. You have to stay in it. It is clearly upset all people.”