Conservative commentator Jason Whitlock is not pleased by Michael Oher’s decision to throw the Tuohy family under the bus.
“What he’s doing to the family is despicable. He’s telling an obvious lie that he knows most of the media will be too afraid to question because he’s black,” Whitlock said this week on his BlazeTV show.
As previously reported, Oher has sued the Tuohy family claiming they’d never adopted him — and that they’d instead put him in a conservatorship so they could profit off his name and cheat him out of the fortune made from “The Blind Side.”
He specifically claims he thought he was adopted but never was. According to Oher, instead, he was tricked into signing a conservatorship at 18 that should have expired at 25 but never did. The conservatorship in turn allegedly allowed his adoptive family to rake in millions on the movie about his life and he never saw any of that money.
But Whitlock doesn’t believe his story.
Listen from the 8:23 mark below:
“Michael Oher wants credit. I get it, I really do. He wants to be the star and hero of his own movie. Most people do. Oher lacks self-awareness, humility, and quite possibly, intelligence. Making $34 million as an average professional athlete will certainly create some delusion,” he said.
“Michael Oher is so arrogant and delusional that he believes his natural intellect would have developed regardless of circumstances. It’s a naïve worldview. He’s still naïve,” Whitlock added.
He continued by slamming Oher for trying “to shake down” the Tuohy family.
“He believes this desperate attempt to shake down the family that welcomed him into their home is a good look, and is going to lead to a financial windfall. It’s not. As lazy as the media, as lazy as reporters and pundits are, they’re going to have to deal with the truth,” he said.
“The Tuohys were wealthy when they took legal guardianship of Oher. They sold their family business for $200 million. They had no financial motive to exploit Oher. They exercised no control over his professional career,” he added.
Whitlock also excoriated Oher over his attempt to liken his conservatorship to that of pop sensation Britney Spears.
“They’re putting out this whole exploitive conservatorship nonsense, like it’s Britney Spears’ parents controlling all of her money. … The Tuohys have, and always have had, more money than Michael Oher. They also have more class, decency and compassion than Oher. Sean Tuohy says he still loves Michael Oher. [Oher] denies all of this,” he said.
“Their side makes perfect sense. Here’s the deal that everybody’s gonna have to come to grips with: Michael Oher is every bit as emotionally broken as the first day as an overgrown teenager that slept on the Tuohys couch,” he added.
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Whitlock also penned a column going into more detail about his views. In the column, for example, he tears into Oher for acting like he just now discovered that he’s in a conservatorship versus an adoption.
“In 2011, when Michael Oher published his first memoir, ‘I Beat the Odds,’ he stated directly that the Tuohys secured a conservatorship when he was a senior in high school. He wrote that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy insisted that he maintain a relationship with his biological mother and 11 siblings. Oher wrote that his mother participated in the procedures necessary for the Tuohys to become conservators,” Whitlock writes.
“Why on earth is Michael Oher pretending he only recently discovered that the Tuohy family didn’t adopt him? Why are members of the media going along with Oher’s effort to shake down the Tuohy family for cash under the pretense that they lied to him and exploited him for profit?” he continues.
Whitlock does admit though that it’s hard not to feel sorry for Oher given as “he’s broken.”
“The first 15 years of his life are a tragedy. That’s not my opinion. Read his book. His mother was addicted to crack cocaine and birthed a dozen children with a variety of men. Oher and his siblings would routinely come home and find the door locked, their mother nowhere to be found,” he writes in the column.
“She would disappear for days, ingesting cocaine with friends. Her kids, as young as 14 months, would be left locked out of their apartment, forced to beg for food and a couch to sleep on. This was a regular pattern,” he continues.
This type of neglect can cause “lifelong trauma,” Whitlock notes. The exact type of trauma that might inspire a young man to make up a story for attention …
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