The sports commentator then clarified that The Blind Side book author Michael Lewis “gave us half of his share.”
“Everybody in the family got an equal share, including Michael. It was about $14,000, each,” the 63-year-old continued. “We were never offered money; we never asked for money.”
Sean noted, “I will say it’s upsetting that people would think I would want to make money off any of my children.”
As for Michael’s claim about the conservatorship, Sean told the Daily Memphian the legal arrangement was allegedly meant to satisfy the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), which Michael played football for while at the University of Mississippi.
“They said the only way Michael could go to Ole Miss was if he was actually part of the family,” Sean said. “I sat Michael down and told him, ‘If you’re planning to go to Ole Miss—or even considering Ole Miss—we think you have to be part of the family. This would do that, legally.’ We contacted lawyers who had told us that we couldn’t adopt over the age of 18; the only thing we could do was to have a conservatorship.”
He added that he would be willing to end the conservatorship if Michael would like.