Former Raven Michael Oher to be Charged with Assaulting Uber Driver

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Oher at Ravens training camp in 2010. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A well-known member of the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl squad has run into some legal trouble in his home state.

Outlets reported this week that Michael Oher, now a lineman with the Carolina Panthers, was cited for misdemeanor assault last month following a confrontation with an Uber driver. According to the NFL Network, he was riding in a car with four friends when he got into an argument with their driver. Police suspected he had been drinking.

After the driver pulled over, he and Oher allegedly got into a confrontation in which the 6’4”, 315-pound offensive tackle is said to have pushed him to the ground and kicked him. His friends then got out and restrained him, police said.

Oher, who’s from Memphis, is due to appear for booking early next week.

The Ravens picked Oher in the first round of the draft in 2009. He spent five seasons with the franchise, helping it bring home its second-ever Super Bowl win in his final season after switching from right to left tackle for the playoffs.

He’s since played for the Tennessee Titans and the Carolina Panthers. He returned to the Super Bowl with the Panthers in 2016, where they fell to the Denver Broncos.

He’s most well known for being the inspiration for “The Blind Side,” a 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock based on a book of the same name. Oher has tried to deflect attention from the hit film over the years, even saying it hurt his career by creating additional distractions.

Panthers leadership issued a statement saying they were aware of the incident.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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