Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher has been cited for assaulting an Uber driver in Nashville, according to a report filed by the Nashville Police Department.
According to the report, on April 14, Oher got into the car from a residence with four friends, and they asked the driver to follow another car that left the house to a restaurant in downtown Nashville. At some point on the ride, the driver suggested that he take the lead because the lead car wasn’t taking the correct route to the restaurant.
Oher and the driver then got into an argument, the report says, because Oher thought the driver was trying to get more fare money. The argument continued as the group decided to go to a comedy club in Nashville called Zanies instead of the restaurant. On the way, they stopped so some of the passengers could use the restroom at a convenience store.
At that point, the report says, the driver got out of the car and was confronted by Oher. The driver said that Oher shoved him to the ground and kicked him in the leg. The other passengers got out and restrained Oher before anything else could happen.
Oher was cited for assault and, according to the report, has to go to court in Nashville on May 8.
“We are aware an incident occurred involving Michael. We have no further comment at this time,” the Panthers said in a statement.
Lingering concussion symptoms limited Oher to three games last season. He signed a three-year contract extension with the team for $21.6 million last June.
Oher played for five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and one with the Tennessee Titans before joining Carolina in 2015. He was a first-round draft pick out of Ole Miss in 2009, and his upbringing in Memphis was famously documented in the book The Blind Side and a movie of the same title starring Sandra Bullock.
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