Mom: Football league discriminates against 297-pound son


Cincy Earnhart says her son should be able to play against kids one-third his size. (AP Photo)

Cindy Earnhart says her son should be able to play against kids one-third his size. (AP Photo)

Herschel Walker’s mom once told Lewis Grizzard that she was not keen on her son playing football for fear of injury — to other players.

That’s not a concern for a Texas mother, who insists her nearly 300-pound son should be able to play peewee football against kids one-third his size.

According to the Associated Press, Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association President Ronnie Henderson said 12-year-old Elijah Earnheart is not eligible because at 6-foot-1 and 297 pounds, he exceeds the league’s weight limit for seventh-graders — by more than 160 pounds.

Cindy Earnheart, the boy’s mother, was furious.

“They would not even let him weigh in on the scales like every single boy out there,” she said. “He might be the size of a grown man but he’s 12 years old and he has feelings, too.”

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She said her son was a victim of discrimination (sizeism?).

“No one is telling boys who are too thin or too small that they can’t play football,” she said. “Why tell my kid he’s too big?

“Isn’t bigger better in football? Football is a contact sport. If you don’t want your son tackled, get him off the field.”

Henderson defended his decision.

“We’ve got little boys that play against him that are 85, 95 and 100 pounds,” Henderson said. “We have to look out for all the kids, not just him.”

Elijah could play for his middle school team, but since he hasn’t played much football he was hoping to gain experience against the little guys.

Cindy Earnhart told local TV station KTBC that she’s not about to give up.

“This is what he wants to do and I’m going to make it happen,” she said.

308 comments Add your comment

East Repeat

August 20th, 2012
7:35 am

So he can play for his middle school team? But does not want too so he can beat up on kid 1/3 his size? Typical entitled dummycrat. I am sure Mom is hoping to get paid big $ because all these racist be abusing her child. Pitiful.

Not my child

August 20th, 2012
7:43 am

Really, she thinks he’s being discriminated against? How would she like it if when that child was 5 or how ever old he was when he weighed a 100lbs. if a grown over weight man jumped or fell on her son a couple of times… I’m sure she would call that abuse. Kids don’t develope that fast and that’s why we have rules in “pee wee” football. You should be ashamed of yourself lady, fussing about something like that. My guess is that you’ve pulled this “discrimination” card MANY times before. God help this country!

Hunting Dawg

August 20th, 2012
7:46 am

I hate it for the child but the rules have been in place a long time. Are they outdated? Potentially so but they are the rules set in place at this time. The boy does have an option with the middle school football team and he could learn to play against kids who are closer to his size. Granted, he may not get on the field for many games but going through the practices would help him develop his skills for future years. Mom is naturally being protective of her child and may or may not try to tackle this in the proper fashion.

Mom

August 20th, 2012
7:56 am

I think that this all could have been avoided….Not one person in that league prior to weigh in mentioned the weight limits because WHY? It wasn’t obvious that this child was going to be above the weight limit?!! Surely mom has to realize that this could not be a safe situation for children that are required to be under 135 lbs? In our league the weight limit is set such that the player carrying the ball cannot be above a set weight in each age group…so he could play, just not carry the ball.

cb

August 20th, 2012
8:18 am

Sure, let him play .. there should be no concern for other people’s children’s well being. They showed this crap on CNN and interviewed them as the victims. Our country is so screwed.

Hey, Elijah , you’ll get your chance soon enough, Biggun.

Rodster

August 20th, 2012
8:18 am

Nice bloated sense of entitlement Mom. I know it’s hard for big kids who mature early. Same happened to my son. I really do understand as both my kids were very big and tall for their age. People always look at physical size and expect that the kid should also be more mature mentally and emotionally as well, which is not fair. But hey, that’s the cards you’re dealt. Turn it into a positive instead of teaching your kid that world should accommodate him.

CL

August 20th, 2012
8:21 am

She wants attention. Let him play middle school football and stay in the weight room. He will be ok.

Grace

August 20th, 2012
8:24 am

East Repeat, there’s no need to foster an atmosphere of hatred and animosity by throwing unfounded insults and dragging political issues into a story that doesn’t call for them. this sort of petty name-calling and irrationality is what is driving the fear-mongering and hatred of our current political climate.

Reality

August 20th, 2012
8:24 am

The rule says : Weight limit of 160#… I think this lady has a problem with rules. Look up her history and I am sure that will be the case her entire life. Wake up you idiot….

OldSchool51

August 20th, 2012
8:25 am

Has the world gone crazy?

steve

August 20th, 2012
8:27 am

My son is 12 and only weighs 75 lbs. That 300 lb boy could injure him permanently just by falling on him. Dumb parents are dumb

Tall

August 20th, 2012
8:28 am

…”That’s not a concern for a Texas mother, who insists her nearly 300-pound son should be able to play peewee football against kids one-third his size…

Me First!!!! Me Me Me! And if I not, I’ll sue.

Red Wing

August 20th, 2012
8:29 am

Puleeeaze woman! Stop acting like a spoiled brat. You are not a victim. Your XXL son does not need to be playing ball against boys that weigh so much less than him.

Randal Patrick McMurphy

August 20th, 2012
8:31 am

Bwa-hahaha-hehehe….

Absolutely CL… 100% agreed!!!

CPJ Disciple

August 20th, 2012
8:36 am

How long until this manchild has a college offer?

Bob Brown

August 20th, 2012
8:37 am

…”hoping to gain experience against the little guys.”

What a bully!

Atomic Dawg

August 20th, 2012
8:37 am

move to georgia, he can play ball with real talent. He will fit in.

Typical

August 20th, 2012
8:39 am

This is the “typical Obama entitlement” plan. Bet she is on food stamps and welfare too.

The Masked Superstar

August 20th, 2012
8:39 am

She has to realize this isn’t pro-wrestling and flyweights cannot take on heavyweights and win… or survive for that matter. This kid is very, very large for his age and it seems to me if he were a real competitor that he would want to take on the “big men” in middle school and make a name for himself. he’s worried about playing time? Gee whiz, with his size he could play Defensive Tackle with no experience at all. As my coach use to say “just plug up the toilet” and let the Linebackers make the tackles. This is much ado about nothing. Play Middle School Ball big guy and make a real name for yourself.

Barton

August 20th, 2012
8:40 am

This woman has a point, but I’m not sure it should have been taken to this level. Why can’t she get him in a upper level league? There’s no way he would benefit from playing against kids half his size. I wouldn’t be afraid of letting him play though… the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Dawginit

August 20th, 2012
8:41 am

The kid needs to stop being a wuss and just play middle school football instead of wanting to knock some scrawny kids in the dirt.

Pat

August 20th, 2012
8:43 am

Yet another liberal crybaby touting “its not fair.”

Pat

August 20th, 2012
8:45 am

He and his mom could fill out the entire defensive line. The mother is fatter than the kid.

abyssmal

August 20th, 2012
8:46 am

I really don’t understand what the mom is trying to pull here. She clearly has no sense of “fairness” from any other perspective than her own. Put him on the middle school team and just shutup. He’s not going to get any helpful experience from beating up on kids that are less than half his size and up to 2 or three years younger than him. If she wanted “experience” for him, where has he been the past couple of years??? Just an asinine excuse.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
8:46 am

Mom is looking for a meal ticket when they both need to be on a diet.
She wants him to be a Superstar in Lil League and scared to play against equal competition.

Camille

August 20th, 2012
8:46 am

My first thought was how is it even possible that he weighs that much? When my oldest was 12, he was about 6′1″. He’s now 14, and is 6′4″, but he only weighs about 180lbs, and this is after starting to do weightlifting for strength for basketball. And, he still eats everything in my house. I just can’t imagine if he weighed almost 300lbs.

Even though my son was just as tall as him at that age, I still would have had an issue with him playing football with a child that weighed that much.

Dale

August 20th, 2012
8:47 am

I feel that either decision this Pee Wee makes they are going to get sued. If they don’t let him play the Idiot Mother will Sue, but if they let him play someone gets hurt then they get sued for not looking out for the safety of the other players.
If the mother was even the slightest bit concerned about her kids feelings perhaps she should put him on a diet as I am sure the other kids are already making fun of his huge size.

JOD

August 20th, 2012
8:47 am

@Dawginit – Amen. He should be playing with the kids his own size, and if they whip his behind because he can’t actually play football, well, perhaps he should learn the sport.

And mom should really cut down on the chicken nuggets, or whatever mess they’re eating. They are both seriously overweight.

Ken

August 20th, 2012
8:54 am

Wow!! I could have sworn this lady said she was an independent!!! She is not a Republicrass or a Dummycrat!! LOL!!!

Calliope

August 20th, 2012
8:58 am

Love how the obviously “angry white men” are turning this into an Obama issue… Lol and we wonder why Georgia has one of the worst education ratings in the country?? But back to the real issue. Just move the kid up to senior level rec football. I agree he is way too big to play pee wee, just let him play with the older kids. What do you feed a kid to make him that big at 12???

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
9:00 am

Where is the Baby Daddy? He in jail or never even hung around? The kid can’t be another Obama so maybe he can be an NFL player and buy mom a house.

Chuck Clausen

August 20th, 2012
9:00 am

Coached football for 28 seasons – my feeling are mixed – as a coach we were looking for big strong athletes – I understand restriction in little league – when I was a Junior in High School I weighed 186 pounds and wrestled a guy in the state finals who weighed 300 pounds (1957)

CC

August 20th, 2012
9:02 am

Let him practice with the Middle School but he sould not play with 12 year olds. He is going to be bigger than most middle school aged boys as well. It’s not a one size fits all world and sometimes people are turned away because of rules. This mom needs to use some common sense! I agree, let’s see how much endurance the boy has and let him work on his speed an agility. One day I am sure teams will be begging him to play.

bayou man

August 20th, 2012
9:02 am

She should be more concerned about getting his weight down. He will have many health problems, unless he trims down NOW!!

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
9:05 am

mom HOPEs to get a rule CHANGE…….thanks Obama your brain washing BS political slogan is still working on the idiots of the US.

Mr. Nixon

August 20th, 2012
9:05 am

Is the name calling really necessary…

Busta Move

August 20th, 2012
9:06 am

Hey Mom, check to see if your son’s school has Sumo Wrestling, otherwise; obey the rules, and move him up to middle school football.

Dawgfan1980

August 20th, 2012
9:07 am

This boy’s problem gave birth to him!

Michael

August 20th, 2012
9:07 am

The reason the kid is so fat (he is tall too so not all fat) is because his mother is fat and she doesn’t want to feel bad, so over feeds him to stay fat so she can feel secure about her gorging out and her obvious obesity.

I feel in most cases, when the whole family is fat, the cook is too concerned with keeping everyone at their own level to shore up their tiny self-esteem.

This mother’s appearance and her inexplicable and indefensible rants and arguments seem to confirm my thoughts. She is selfish to the core. I might even bet you that the kid wishes this would all go away, or that he could find another team with bigger/older kids, but his mother is pushing him to beat up toddlers so she can brag about how her boy is the best… at least until he is legally disabled at 18 years old and 450 lbs.

UGH!

August 20th, 2012
9:08 am

It’s unfair that this woman allowed her 12 year old son to get up to 297 pounds! He can’t help his height, but there’s no good reason for the weight. I wonder what kind of health problems he already has. This “mother” needs to put him on a healthy diet or he won’t be able to play any sports in the future.

JP

August 20th, 2012
9:09 am

Judging by the looks of the mom, she’s probably just upset that she can’t resolve this dispute on Jerry Springer. If this kid had no other option to play, I could halfway understand her pushing to let him play against the little guys, even though it still wouldn’t be safe. But the fact that they’re whining about this when he could go out for the middle school team is an absolute joke. I regularly see guys who have never played the sport before go out for it in their sophomore or junior year of HIGH school, and some of them are even undersized. This kid would still have a huge size advantage against most middle school kids. Too bad for him his mom is trash.

Pr

August 20th, 2012
9:11 am

I bet if the role were reversed and her kid had to play againest some 300 pound gorilla and he was only 180 or so, she would be screaming. She’s a moron.

ObamaOwnsYou

August 20th, 2012
9:11 am

This post has nothing to do with the President of the United States but he OWNS a certain segment of Georgia that can’t go one single day without mentioning his name!!!!!!!!! Obama truly does own you!!!

Stank Wren

August 20th, 2012
9:11 am

I imagine that she is talking on her “free” Gov’t issued cellphone (complete with texting and long distance) in the above picture

VoiceOfReason

August 20th, 2012
9:12 am

Both the mom and the son need to go on diet.

Larry A

August 20th, 2012
9:12 am

Surprised Social Services did not come take him away when he was 10 and weighed 250 lbs.

AUTOMATIC WEAPONS

August 20th, 2012
9:13 am

HOPE AND CHANGE!!!
WHAT A JOKE…. TYPICAL OF THE OBAMA MEDIA

Stank Wren

August 20th, 2012
9:15 am

She looks like the type that rides the electric scooter around while clogging up the aisles in my local Wal-Mart. Hoveround gets me where I wanna go………..

ThisThatnTheOther

August 20th, 2012
9:15 am

He would probably develop his skill set quicker by playing against tougher competition in middle school.

gANGSTA sELL oUT

August 20th, 2012
9:16 am

That kid don’t look mullato. Me thinks the sperm donor cheated.