Michael Oher, Inspiration for ‘The Blind Side,’ Accused of Assaulting an Uber Driver

Michael Oher #73 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 2, 2016 in San Jose, California.
Michael Oher #73 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 2, 2016 in San Jose, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

NFL player Michael Oher, who inspired the 2009 drama The Blind Side, was cited for allegedly assaulting an Uber driver in Nashville, Tennessee, ESPN reports.

The incident reportedly occurred on April 14. According to a report, the Uber employee claimed that they got out of the vehicle after the Carolina Panthers offensive tackle, 30, suggested that the driver didn’t know where he was going.

The report said that “the victim then put his hands towards the suspect’s face and the suspect pushed him down onto the ground” and “that the suspect then kicked him in the leg while he was on the ground.” Oher was allegedly with four of his friends at the time.

“We are aware an incident occurred involving Michael,” team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”

The Memphis, Tennessee, native is due in court on May 8 for the misdemeanor assault charge.

Oher’s upbringing made headlines when Quinton Aaron portrayed him The Blind Side, which earned Sandra Bullock an Oscar in the Best Actress category. The John Lee Hancock-directed movie also stars Tim McGraw and Lily Collins.

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!