Football Player Who Inspired The Blind Side Allegedly Assaulted an Uber Driver
It looks like one of the Carolina Panthers may be in some hot water after a night out in Nashville with friends. The plot thickens as the Panther in question is Michael Oher, who faces allegations of misdemeanor assault after an alleged altercation with an Uber driver in April 2017.
Oher and his upbringing were at the center of The Blind Side, first a book and then an Oscar-nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. Oher has found a successful niche in the football world (both before and after the immense success of The Blind Side), which is perhaps why the surfacing of these allegations and his subsequent legal woes are so disheartening.
According to People magazine, Oher and a few friends ordered an Uber while in Nashville on April 14. Reports indicate that wires may have been crossed about how to get to the destination when Oher allegedly suggested following another car. "The Uber driver allegedly suggested he take the lead because he thought the other car didn’t seem to know where it was going. Oher allegedly objected, apparently believing the driver wanted to run up the fare," People reports.
The report also states that the two men — Oher and the Uber driver — may have had a confrontation outside the car. The alleged altercation may have gone from verbal to physical. People notes that "the driver allegedly moved his hands towards Oher’s face, prompting Oher to push the driver to the ground and kick him in the leg. The driver told police that the other passengers in the car got out and restrained Oher."
Oher is reportedly due in court on May 8 after being cited for misdemeanor assault. Per ESPN's report, a rep for the Carolina Panthers released a brief comment on the incident: "We are aware an incident occurred involving Michael. We have no further comment at this time." Oher himself has not yet released a statement.