Carolina Panthers’ offensive tackle Michael Oher turned himself into Nashville police on Monday for allegedly assaulting an Uber driver on April 14. According to ESPN, Oher was scheduled to turn himself in on the same date.
Oher is the inspiration behind the 2009 hit movie “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, and Kathy Bates. The film was a major box-office success, grossing over $34 million opening weekend.
According to the incident report acquired by ESPN, On April 14 Oher, along with four of his friends, were picked up by an Uber driver and headed to a restaurant. The Uber driver told Nashville Metro police that he and the athlete got into an argument on the way to the restaurant after Oher suggested that he was lost and did not know where he was going.
When Oher and the driver reached the destination the argument had not finished. The two proceeded to take the argument out of the vehicle. The report says “the victim then put his hands towards the suspect’s face and the suspect pushed him down onto the ground.”
While on the ground the Uber driver also claims “the suspect then kicked him in the leg while he was on the ground.” According to the report, Oher was then restrained by one of his friends.
Now that he has turned himself in and been booked, Oher’s case will move forward in court. The Offensive Tackle’s next court date is scheduled for June 6 before Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Melissa Blackburn, according to the Tennessean.
Carolina Panthers’ team spokesman Steven Drummond gave a statement to ESPN but did not have much to say. “We are aware an incident occurred involving Michael,” Drummond said. “We have no further comment at this time.”
If convicted, he could face several months in jail as well as some hefty fines. In Tennessee misdemeanor assault or “simple assault” is broken down into Class A and Class B misdemeanors.
An assault in which the offender causes bodily injury or threatens the victim with immediate bodily harm is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, a fine up to $2,500, or both. Physical contact that is provocative or offensive is a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine up to $500, or both.