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Jason Whitlock Slams Michael Oher’s $15M ‘Shakedown’ of Adoptive Parents | Video

Michael Oher with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy (Matthew Sharpe-Getty Images)
Michael Oher with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy (Matthew Sharpe-Getty Images)

*Jason Whitlock is calling out former NFL player Michael Oher for trying to “shakedown” his adoptive parents.

Oher filed a lawsuit recently alleging Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy lied about him being adopted. His accusation is that they forced him to sign a conservatorship in order to exploit him for money, according to ESPN.

The 2009 film “The Blind Side” depicts Oher’s journey of being adopted as a boy by a wealthy white couple who goes on to play in the NFL. As SandraRose.com reports, Oher, 37, earned $34.5 million over 9 seasons in the NFL.

“What he’s doing to the family is despicable,” said Whitlock on his Fearless With Jason Whitlock podcast, according to SandraRose.com.

He’s telling an obvious lie that he knows most of the media will be too afraid to question because he’s black,” Whitlock added.

“Michael Oher wants credit,” Jason Whitlock said on his podcast. “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.”

Whitlock added: “Plus, the media is lazy; it’s easy to repeat allegations than to question and/or research the legitimacy of this. It’s also easier to just feel sorry for Michael Oher; he’s broken. The first 15 years of his life are a tragedy – that’s not my opinion – read his (2011) book, it’s his own words. His mother was addicted to crack cocaine and birthed a dozen children with a variety of men.”

The Tuohy family attorney, Marty Singer, called the allegations leveled against his clients in Oher’s petition to end their conservatorship “hurtful and absurd,” TMZ reports. 

In a statement issued to PEOPLE, Singer said the Tuohy family “opened their home to Mr. Oher, offered him structure, support, and most of all, unconditional love.”

Singer’s statement continued, “His response was to threaten them, including saying that he would plant a negative story about them in the press unless they paid him $15 million.”

Whitlock believes Oher is “naive.”

“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,” Whitlock 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,” Whitlock said.

READ MORE: Michael Oher Wanted $15M from ‘Blind Side’ Family Before He Filed Petition

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