Marty Singer, who is representing the couple in the case, fired back at the former NFL star’s allegations that the family had lied about adopting him and subsequently made millions from his story, which was the basis of the 2009 movie The Blind Side. Singer argued that his client had “given Mr. Oher an equal cut of every penny received from The Blind Side” and accused the 37-year-old of using the lawsuit as a “shakedown effort” for more cash.
“Anyone with a modicum of common sense can see that the outlandish claims made by Michael Oher about the Tuohy family are hurtful and absurd,” Singer said in a statement to E! News on Aug. 15. “The idea that the Tuohys have ever sought to profit off Mr. Oher is not only offensive, it is transparently ridiculous.”
Saying that the Tuohy’s wealth came from their “hard work and good fortune” in the restaurant business, Singer continued, “The notion that a couple worth hundreds of millions of dollars would connive to withhold a few thousand dollars in profit participation payments from anyone—let alone from someone they loved as a son—defies belief.”
“In reality, the Tuohys opened their home to Mr. Oher, offered him structure, support and, most of all, unconditional love,” he said. “They have consistently treated him like a son and one of their three children.”