Michael Oher is now crying about how a movie based on his life is ruining his career. Not only is that ridiculous to think, it does even more harm to his career than whatever the movie could do.
Oher has mentioned in the past that he wasn't a big fan of the movie because it made him look a little dumb. That criticism is pretty fair given that Oher's troubled childhood was more centered around not having a consistent adult presence more than just being a big dummy.
I felt like it portrayed me as dumb instead of as a kid who had never had consistent academic instruction and ended up thriving once he got it
Now Oher has the idea that the movie has had some type of negative effect on his career. All this after being asked about if a scrap with Kony Ealy in Panthers' minicamp meant that he was trying to prove himself early.
I'm not trying to prove anything. 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.
Come on Michael, let's be real here for a minute. The Ravens didn't draft you because of some movie and they didn't release you because they allowed their evaluations to be altered from a movie starring Sanda Bullock. Miss Congeniality hasn't caused Ozzie Newsome to lose his mind and randomly cut people.
The facts are that the Ravens didn't retain your services because they knew you would require too much money to resign and they felt that there was a young player ready to start. Both turned out to be correct assumptions given that the Tennessee Titans handed you a contract for 4 years and $20 million, and current right tackle Ricky Wagner was one of the best in the league last season, playing on his rookie contract for pennies on the dollar.
The idea that the Titans cut you because of a movie is also ridiculous. NFL teams want to win and if your on-field product is good enough, you get paid to play. After a single year, the Titans decided that you were a waste of that contract and waived you partly because the on-field product was bad and injuries were making it look like it wasn't going to improve very fast. When you are ranked 74th out of 78 tackles in PFF's rankings and finish the year on injured reserve, that isn't a movie hurting your career in any way, but poor play mixed with consistent injuries.
In fact, complaining more about the movie is something that I would hold against you as a talent evaluator. It just shows me that instead of realizing you had a poor showing over the last few years and you are working on improving those weaknesses, you blame others and assume that you will just get better. That type of thought process doesn't get a player to improve and in fact, is the start of a much larger regression waiting to happen.
Now this isn't to say that Oher is a bad player, a bad guy or that he can't improve. I think Michael has shown signs that he is a mauling tackle capable of playing at a high level. He just needs to get back to that and remain consistent. Sadly for most NFL players, there is nothing that can be done about injuries, but with a little luck, he'll stay healthy and grow from there. But first, he needs to fix his attitude and work on improving himself rather than worrying about a 6 year old movie.