The subject of The Blind Side, which won Sandra Bullock an Oscar, does not have positive feelings about the film.
Michael Oher, the NFL player who was portrayed in the 2009 drama by Quinton Aaron, told reporters he feels that the film has negatively impacted his athletic career by putting extra scrutiny on him, according to ESPN.
Oher, currently a tackle for the Carolina Panthers, was asked Wednesday whether a recent scuffle with teammate Kony Ealy was a sign he’s feeling pressure after two tough seasons.
“I’m not trying to prove anything,” Oher said. “People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don’t really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That’s why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.”
“This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not … that has nothing to do with football,” continued Oher, who recently signed a two-year deal with the Panthers after he was released in the offseason by the Tennessee Titans. “It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie.”
He added that his association with The Blind Side, which tells the story of the family that adopted him as a homeless teen, has “taken away from my football.”
This isn’t the first time Oher has been dismissive of the film that earned Bullock a best actress Academy Award for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy. At a media event just prior to Oher’s 2012 Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens, he told reporters that he was “tired” of The Blind Side.