NFL star Michael Oher, subject of 'The Blind Side,' speaks out against movie

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Warner Bros., Alcon Entertainment and writer-director John Lee Hancock have been blindsided by claims from NFL lineman Michael Oher that the Oscar-nominated 2009 movie negatively affected his pro football career.

According to ESPN, Oher told sports reporters on Wednesday that "The Blind Side" has effectively served as a distraction that has taken the focus off his skills on the field.

"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. It's something else off the field. That's why I don't like that movie. That's taken away from my football. That's why people criticize me. That's why people look at me every single play," said Oher in response to a question of whether he feels like he has to prove himself before the season.

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Carolina Panthers' Michael Oher speaks to the media during the first day of their NFL football offseason conditioning program, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Actor Quinton Aaron attends the Warner Bros. premiere of "The Blind Side," in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Actor Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw attend 'The Blind Side' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on November 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 23: Michael Oher #72 of the Tennessee Titans is seen on the sidelines in the first half of a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on August 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, Tennessee Titans tackle Michael Oher warms up during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn. Oher is looking to make the most of a second chance after being given a shot to win the Carolina Panthers vacant starting left tackle spot. Oher, the subject of the hit movie Blindside, struggled in his one season with the Titans, but says a toe injury that plagued him in 2014 is behind him. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 28: Michael Oher #72 of the Tennessee Titans sprays water in his face to cool off in the first half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during the post game press conference after the Ravens own 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 25: A portrait of Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 25, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to their AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05: Tackle Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the bench during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens offensive linemen Ben Grubbs (66) and Michael Oher, right, talk during the NFL football team's training camp, Wed, Aug. 4, 2010, in Westminster, Md. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher (74) blocks Stefan Rodgers, left, during the NFL football team's training camp, Friday, July 31, 2009, in Westminster, Md. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Michael Oher, right a tackle from Mississippi, poses for photographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he is selected as the 26th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, at Radio City Music Hall Saturday, April 25, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Iowa offensive lineman Seth Olsen, left, and Mississippi offensive lineman Michael Oher run a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Oklahoma lineman Duke Robinson, left, and Mississippi lineman Michael Oher talk after The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Mississippi's Michael Oher speaks to the media at the SEC football media days in Hoover, Ala. on Thursday, July 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2006 file photo, Mississippi left tackle Michael Oher (74) gestures downfield during a NCAA college football game against Memphis in Oxford, Miss. ) "The Blind Side", the movie based on Michael Lewis' book about former Mississippi tackle Michael Oher made an Oscar winner out of Sandra Bullock, which is probably more impressive than blocking an SEC defensive end. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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Warner Bros. declined to comment on Oher's comments, while a representative for Hancock did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Oher is playing for the Carolina Panthers this season after struggling the past two years with the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

"The Blind Side" starred Sandra Bullock in an Oscar-winning performance as a wealthy mother who takes in a homeless black teenager and introduces him to football, which helps save his life. The film grossed more than $300 million worldwide.

Oher wound up playing football at the University of Mississippi where he became an All-America left tackle before being drafted in the first round by the Ravens, with whom he won a Super Bowl.

This isn't the first time that Oher has spoken out against "The Blind Side." Prior to the Super Bowl in 2012, he said "I'm tired of the movie. I'm here to play football."

Oher recently signed a two-year, $7 million deal to protect quarterback Cam Newton's blind side in Carolina.

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