Michael O’Hare could have ended his guardianship anytime after 2011, by which time he made his NFL contract worth $13.5 million.
The Super Bowl-winning player was 18 years old when he signed an agreement appointing Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy as his legal guardians on August 9, 2004.
“He still wishes to acknowledge the petitioners as his legal guardians at least until he reaches the age of 25 or until he is terminated by order of this court prior to that time,” according to the off-page document obtained by The Post.
“He needs their help and direction and has continued to rely on them…and since he has reached the age of 18, he seeks to appoint them as his keepers for all purposes.”
Timothy Street, a Tennessee-based attorney who handles custody cases, said O’Hare – now 37 – could have asked “at any time” a judge to end the conservatorship.
“If you’re financially savvy enough to sign a multimillion-dollar contract with the NFL, you should be savvy enough to know whether or not you want to stay in custody. They wouldn’t let you sign a contract like that if You were drooling.”
O’Hare, who was drafted into the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens, was 23 years old when he signed his contract in 2009.
The petition, filed in 2004, goes on to say that the licensed physician who examined O’Hare concluded that the teen had “no known physical or psychological disabilities.”
However, Al-Touhy’s family granted “all powers of attorney to act on his behalf” and specified that he could not enter into any contracts without their consent.
This week O’Hare filed new papers with probate court in Shelby County, Tennessee, seeking to see the 19-year-old Towhees family accountable, after his previous accusation that they took millions out of his name through “The Blind Side” and not paid him for it. He also asked the judge to end the guardianship.
The original 2004 petition contained no language addressing O’Hare’s finances or future assets and how they should be calculated.
“At the time he got into this, there probably wasn’t a need for accountability, so the court didn’t ask or ask for it,” Street said.
“So, if (the Tuohy family) didn’t provide an accounting, there was no reason for them to do so as far as I can see. The law could have required it but they didn’t.”
The petition says O’Hare “had no property” at the time of signing in 2004, when he was 18 and still living with the family. O’Hare’s mother also approved and signed the petition.
During his eight-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, and Carolina Panthers, O’Hare earned over $34 million. According to Spottrack.
“At no time did the Tuohy family inform Michael that they would have final control of all of his contracts, and as a result Michael did not understand that if guardianship was granted, he signed off on his right to contract for himself,” O’Hare’s attorney wrote. in his last complaint
“The Tuohys falsely advised Michael that because he was over 18 the legal action for Michael’s adoption should be called ‘guardianship’ but it was, for all intents and purposes, an adoption.”
O’Hare also said the Toohey family had consistently “falsely and publicly” presented themselves as his adoptive parents, and noted that the family still used his name and photos to promote their website and foundation.
O’Hare also claims that the 2007 contract signature in which he agreed to sign over the rights to his life in “The Blind Side” may not belong to him.
“Michael O’Hare believes the signature on this document is very similar to his own, and he does not know if the signature is forged,” his lawyer wrote in the August 14 complaint.
Producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosovi, co-founders of Alcon Entertainment — the company that funded The Blind Side — said in a statement to Deadline that their company paid about $767,000 to the talent agency that represented Tuohys and Oher.
They also addressed O’Hare’s claims that he was unaware of the amount he was supposed to be getting when he signed the rights to his life to Twentieth Century Fox, which initially financed the film until Alcon took over.
“It is important to note that in 2006, the nature of life rights deals for books, documentaries, and films, as well as the restrictions on what college athletes were able to do and maintain eligibility, were very different than they are today.” producers said in the statement. Comparing them to today’s market for those rights is like comparing a Basketball Hall of Fame deal from 25 years ago to the nine-figure deals prevalent in the NBA today.
“The deal Fox made to acquire the life rights to the Tuohys and Michael Oher was in line with the market at the time for the rights of relatively unknown individuals. It therefore did not include a large payout if the film was successful.”
The film grossed over $309 million worldwide and won an Academy Award for actress Sandra Bullock, who played Lee Ann Twohy in the blockbuster.
Street said that according to the 2004 petition, the Towhees still had legal control over O’Hare’s name and likeness.
Nothing was filed in the case between 2004 and this year, when O’Hare made his allegations.
“If they misallocate a pool of money and have a fiduciary duty to protect it, they will have no light of justice,” Street said.
Sean Twohy dismissed the notion that his family gained too much from the film.
He said O’Hare and the rest of the family, including his wife, son and daughter, only got about $14,000 each.
“I will say it’s annoying that people think I want to make money off any of my kids,” Sean Toohey He told the Daily Memphis.