WSOCTV- Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher is accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Nashville, Tennessee, according to Nashville police.
The Uber driver claims that on April 14 the two got into an argument during a ride to downtown Nashville. The driver said he put his hand on Oher's face, and then Oher knocked him to the ground.
The incident started when the driver picked up Oher and four others to go to the Southern Restaurant in downtown Nashville, according to the citation.
Oher told the driver to follow another vehicle. The Uber driver did not think the lead vehicle knew the correct route and suggested they take the lead. Oher thought the Uber driver was trying to collect more fare money, according to the citation.
An argument started, and Oher and his friends wanted to go to another location on Eighth Avenue South, but on the way they made a bathroom stop at Mapco on that avenue. Oher, who was in the front passenger seat, got out and confronted the driver.
“The victim then put his hands up towards the suspect’s face and the suspect pushed the victim down onto the ground,” according to the citation. The driver said Oher also kicked him in the leg while he was on the ground. Oher’s friends stopped Oher from “doing anything more to the victim,” according to the citation.
Jesus Christ Michael, did you need Sandra Bullock to hold your goddamn hand throughout your entire professional career?!? Do you even realize how much of a role model you are to that stereotypically outgoing nerdy kid that was cast as your younger (step) brother? You better get your act together or I would imagine you'll soon be banished to that immaculate guest room until further notice!
Seriously though, as far as public perception is concerned, we are talking about a guy that has it made. I'm absolutely positive that he's tired of hearing "...oh shit, Blindside!", but I can't imagine he's grown tired of people automatically assuming he's a great guy because of the way he was portrayed on the big screen. All he had to do was refrain from going around pancaking uppity chauffeurs and everyone would just treat it as fact that he's a big ole teddy bear that only turns violent on the gridiron. No one likes having a know-it-all behind the wheel, but sacrificing a few minutes out of your night for a wrong turn is better than sacrificing the praiseworthy acting performance of Quinton Aaron. Especially since I am pretty sure you have to agree to a fee prior to the use of all ride-sharing apps now-a-days. I can't fault Michael Oher for not wanting to get exploited financially, but at least this Uber-ballsy driver didn't all-but-coerce him into playing football for his alma mater by offering him room and board after picking him up on the street corner. Not saying he was right, but making people think of 'The Blind Side' as less than a heartwarming tale about a flawless family that successfully added a new member is just plain wrong.