Michael Oher doesn't like "The Blind Side."
The Carolina Panthers offensive lineman, whose life story inspired the acclaimed 2009 film, finally came right out and said it Wednesday.
During minicamp practice that day, Oher had gotten into a scuffle with defensive end Kony Ealy. Oher was asked by a reporter if that had anything to do with any added pressure he might feel about being on his third team in as many years.
"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.''
As the movie depicted, Oher was a homeless teenager who became an All-American player at Ole Miss and a 2009 first-round draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens. Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for playing his adoptive mother.
Oher went on to win a Super Bowl as the Ravens' starting left tackle in 2012 but was not re-signed by Baltimore after struggling the following season. He signed a five-year deal with the Tennessee Titans but was cut this off-season after playing only 11 games in 2014 due to a toe injury.
According to Oher, he's been playing under a microsope because of "The Blind Side."
"That's taken away from my football,'' Oher said of the movie. "That's why people criticize me. That's why people look at me every single play.''
He added: "Offensive linemen don't get looked at. Nobody is paying attention to the offensive line. But me? I'm getting watched for everything.''