Auburn coach Hugh Freeze addresses ‘The Blind Side’ star Michael Oher’s lawsuit against Tuohy family

Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze spoke publicly for the first time about the lawsuit filed by Michael Oher against Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, lamenting over the situation and expressing his love for all parties involved. Freeze was Oher’s head coach at Briarcrest Christian School in Eads, Tennessee and went on to serve as an assistant coach at Ole Miss during Oher’s playing career with the Rebels. He also considers the Tuohy family to be close friends.

“I love Michael Oher,” Freeze told Auburn reporters Thursday. “He’s like part of our family. I love the Tuohys. I think it’s sad, and I certainly don’t claim to understand all the ins and outs of adoption, conservatory, all of that. But I know what I witnessed, and I witnessed a family that totally took in a young man. And I think without that, there is no story.”

Oher’s lawsuit, which was obtained by ESPN, claims the Tuohys entered Oher into a conservatorship while presenting it to be the same process as legal adoption. The lawsuit demanded an end to the Tuohys’ conservatorship of Oher, which has been in place since 2004, just months after his 18th birthday. 

Entering Oher into a conservatorship allowed the Tuohys to oversee Oher’s financial life and enter into legal deals without his consent, though Oher was not a legal member of the family. In the case of ‘The Blind Side,’ the award-winning film grossed more than $300 million and earned actress Sandra Bullock an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy. 

Oher’s attorneys claim the four biological members of the Tuohy family were all compensated $225,000 and 2.5% of “defined net proceeds”.

The Tuohy family and their legal team called accusations “hurtful and absurd.” Attorneys for the family said Wednesday the $500,000 in proceeds from…


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