Tuohy Family Reveals How Much Michael Oher Was Allegedly Paid for The Blind Side

Amid the ongoing court case concerning Michael Oher and Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy of The Blind Side, the Tuohy family has disclosed how much the NFL star was paid for the film.

By Kisha Forde Nov 10, 2023 1:44 PMTags
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More details have emerged in the case involving the Tuohys and Michael Oher.

In fact, the family has now disclosed how much money Michael allegedly made from his rights to The Blind Side.

In court documents obtained by NBC News Nov. 9, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy stated the former NFL star was paid $138,000 in proceeds from the book and the 2009 movie. Per the outlet, the accounting document filed listed payments stretching back to 2007 (the year after the book was released) up until the most payment, which was made this April.

The statement of accounting made by the couple's attorney, according to NBC News stated that members of the family, including Michael, agreed to divide the proceeds of both five ways.

E! News has reached out to Michael's reps for comment but has not yet heard back. A rep for the Tuohys said the pair had no additional comment when reached by NBC News.

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The latest document filed in the case comes nearly three months after Michael filed a 14-page petition alleging that shortly after he turned 18 in 2004, the Tuohys "falsely advised" him to sign a document that made them his conservators instead of legally adopting him.

The conservatorship, according to the petition, granted the couple legal power to complete business deals in Michael's name.

The former Tennessee Titans player also stated in his filing that he received an unequal cut of the profits from The Blind Side—the film based on the 2007 book that centered around his relationship with the Tuohys—in comparison to the couple. The family, however, has denied profiting off the film.

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Sean and Leigh Anne have also denied they tricked Michael into the conservatorship, disclosing that their intention was to never formally adopt him

"They vehemently deny that they saw [Michael] as a gullible young man whose athletic talent could be exploited for their own benefit," they wrote in a court filing Sept. 15 in response to Michael's request to terminate the conservatorship. "The [Tuohys] admit that they never intended to, and in fact never did, take any action to assume legal custody through the Juvenile Court of Shelby County, Tennessee."

Shortly after filing his lawsuit against the Tuohys in August, Michael shared that he was "disheartened" by the circumstances.

"This is a difficult situation for my family and me," Michael said in an August statement to E! News through his attorney. "I want to ask everyone to please respect our privacy at this time. For now, I will let the lawsuit speak for itself."

In September, a judge officially ruled to end the conservatorship put in place. However, despite the conservatorship ending, the court case remains ongoing over the financial disputes.

Keep reading for photos of Michael and the Tuohy family over the years.

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The Blind Side Premiere

Collins Tuohy, Sean Tuohy Jr., Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy got dressed up for the 2009 New York premiere of The Blind Side, the movie based on their life with adoptive son Michael Oher, who became a pro football player.

Oscars Night

The longtime couple walked the red carpet at the 2010 Academy Awards in Los Angeles in honor of The Blind Side, which earned actress Sandra Bullock an Oscar that year for playing Leigh Anne.

The View Appearance

Michael Oher promoted his book I Beat the Odds on The View in 2011.

Real-Life Inspiration

Sandra Bullock posed with Leigh Anne, who she played onscreen, at a Blind Side benefit event in New Orleans in 2009.

The Heat Premiere

Sean, Leigh Anne and Collins attended the movie's New York premiere in 2013.

Wedding Day

Michael tied the knot with Tiffany Roy in November 2022. "Filled with joy, can't believe people took their time and came to celebrate!" the former NFL player captioned a photo of the ceremony. "My beautiful wife, I love you so much, thank you for blessing me with our family! Easily the best single weekend I've ever been apart of." 

CMT Music Awards

Leigh Anne and and Sean brought daughter Collins to the 2010 CMT Music Awards, where Carrie Underwood was a big winner.

The Trio Together

The group posed for a photo at the Nashville event.

Legacy Lives On

Oher stopped by the Walk of Champions at Ole Miss in April 2023. "Glad to see my name's still there," he wrote. "Class of ‘09, represent (‘08 football season). I got to take a tour of the new facilities under construction."


Collins' Date Night

The marketing expert shared a photo with her husband Cannon Smith at the Old Florida Fish House
in July 2023. "Sweaty faces and full hearts," Collins wrote on social media. "It's a hot one down here, but we are having the best time. This restaurant is an oldie but goodie. We always eat here at least once. Best sushi."


New York Interview

Michael stopped by SiriusXM Studios in NYC on Aug. 9, 2023. 

Mom-Daughter Moment

"Always know football season is right around the corner when it hits LAT's birthday," Collins wrote on Instagram in August 2023 alongside a throwback photo. "Today is the day… Happy Birthday Mom!! Love you!"

Family Photo

The football pro shared a pic with his loved ones in March 2023, writing, "Life is Beautiful‼️#family #life #growth."

White House Correspondents' Association Dinner After-Party

The pair, who got married in 1982, went to an after-party hosted by Bloomberg and Vanity Fair party following the 2010 White House Correspondents dinner in Washington, DC.

Book Release

Michael geared up for the release of his book When Your Back's Against the Wall in August 2023.

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