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Judge says she is ending conservatorship between former Raven Michael Oher and Memphis couple

Your Thursday evening news roundup (9/28/2023)
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge said Friday she is ending a conservatorship agreement between former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher and a Memphis couple who took him in when he was in high school.

Shelby County Probate Court Judge Kathleen Gomes said she is terminating the agreement reached in 2004 that allowed Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy to control Oher's finances. Oher signed the agreement when he was 18 and living with the couple as he was being recruited by colleges as a star high school football player.

Gomes said she was not dismissing the case. Oher has asked that the Tuohys provide a financial accounting of money that may have come to them as part of the agreement, claiming that they used his name, image and likeness to enrich themselves and lied to him that the agreement meant the Tuohys were adopting him.

Gomes said she was disturbed that such an agreement was ever reached. She said she had never seen in her 43-year career a conservatorship agreement reached with someone who was not disabled.

"I cannot believe it got done," she said.

Oher and Tuohys listened in by video conference call but did not speak.

Oher the Raven

The Ravens took Oher as the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Ole Miss, and he spent his first five seasons in Baltimore. There, he started 110 games and became a Super Bowl champion in 2013. 

Oher started all 16 games of his first season at right tackle and finished second in voting for the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

In 2014 Oher went to the Tennessee Titans, where he started 11 games, before finishing his career with two years as a Carolina Panther. 

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