Tuohy Family Says They Never Intended to Adopt Michael Oher

However, Sean and Leigh Anne said their family bond did exist, but not just in a court-appointed manner.

The Memphis couple said they do consider Michael “as part of their family and over time the Petitioner referred to Respondents as ‘mom’ and ‘dad,’ and the Respondent’s occasionally referred to the Petitioner as a son,” their September petition continued. “In fact, they have always felt that the Petitioner was like a son and have used that on occasion but not in a legal sense.”

On Aug. 16, the Tuohys’ attorney Randall Fishman said the couple is planning to voluntarily terminate their conservatorship over Michael, per the Associated Press. A day prior, Marty Singer, another lawyer for the pair, said in a statement to E! News that “should Mr. Oher wish to terminate the conservatorship, either now or at anytime in the future, the Tuohys will never oppose it in any way.”

In The Blind Side, onscreen Michael (Quinton Aaron) is adopted by the Tuohys, played by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, respectively.

E! News has reached out to Michael’s rep for comment on the new court petition and has not heard back.

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