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

bigdawg88

August 20th, 2012
9:16 am

What is she worried about? Middle school kids only weigh about half what this kid weighs too. He shouldn’t have any problems starting on the OL, unless he’s severely out of shape. This kid ought to be on the high school freshman team actually.

Dodge Carithers

August 20th, 2012
9:19 am

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Can't we all just get along

August 20th, 2012
9:22 am

“Dummycrat”. Seriously? Stupidity and selfishness is non-partisan.

Devil's Advocate

August 20th, 2012
9:29 am

Michael,

That might be true in Jerry Springer cases but in general that’s about the dumbest assessment of obesity I’ve ever heard. Maybe the answer is more practical? I dunno, if the parents are fat perhaps they like to eat fattening food and since most kids don’t fend for themselves they eat what parents prepare?

This mom is stupid for not considering the reality of the situation (rules, danger, etc) but surely we don’t need to make things up to justify our opinions on the matter.

Dodge Carithers

August 20th, 2012
9:31 am

Somewhere this boys mother has lost a marble or two and the boy is just a scared little triple oversight kid-Common sense should tell the mom that her son is tooooooo big to be playing, falling, tumbling over others kids that weight around a 100 pounds-if the boy want to play he must go and play with kids that is more compatible to his size and weight maybe the (Green-Bay Packers) The coaches and little league officials are not wrong they are doing what they should do and that is not let oversize kids play with the the other kids because he is to large regardless of his age, he should go to the next group.

Paddy

August 20th, 2012
9:32 am

300lbs Mother ……….the rule has been around a long time. Put the shoe on the other foot, then tell me how you feel about an injury that might befall your son. Mix in a couple salads for the family, girl!

sogooden

August 20th, 2012
9:35 am

@Easy Repeat, Nothing in this article speaks of racism. As a human being, I really find it offensive how everything is split into Repub/Dem or Black/White. It’s a clear case of right/wrong and this mother is wrong in this case. Her son is too big to play with those kids. Let him play with the middle schoolers (He should be playing pro, the Falcons need all the help they can get!!!)

wrestling has weight classes

August 20th, 2012
9:36 am

other sports have age brackets. deal with it and be happy that this kid is going to be your meal ticket to riches one day

Maggie

August 20th, 2012
9:38 am

Let him play, then all the normal size kids will quit (form another league) and the kid can play by himself. How would the mom feel about that? She shouldn’t have fed him all that fast foods and cooked healthier meals for her son.

justine

August 20th, 2012
9:41 am

There are two troubling issues here. First, as we are all learning serious and permanent injuries from head trauma occur among professional football players. So we must be concerned about children who are playing these games just for fun. What about the tiny child who is at the minimum weight and just wants to play for fun. I agree with the league in removing him from the team. This child larger than an adult male. Why would he not want to start off playing with kids at his school. Many of them have probably not had the opportunity to play in pee wee and are playing for the first time. Yes he is a child and he has feelings. But I suspect at his size and age he has had to learn to deal with unpleasant situations prior to this.

Secondly and most importantly, I have a problem with parents who expect legitimate rules to change because their child does not fit the mold. These are the same parents who bring young disruptive children to adult gatherings and allow them to run loose. These are the same parents who want everyone to stop eating peanut butter because their child is allergic to it.

In a civilized and just society there must be rules. And yes, sometimes these rules will prevent some from participating. It is like the person who misses the cut off by one point or is one year too old to get a benefit. As long as the rule is not ethnically or gender based discrimination, then it should allow.

In the end, I fault his mother for subjecting him to this kind of publicity. I also fault her for not seeking a different way for him to learn to play. By the way I bet older teams would be glad to take him and help him develope. Shame on you Mom for putting your son out there like this

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
9:41 am

Let him play..,,,time for a little David & Goliath……..I would send my meanest big hitter to take the Fat Slow kid’s knee out and that would end his Football career for life. Problem solved and it would give mom a Real reason to cry.

Just Saying

August 20th, 2012
9:46 am

Her statements are as ignorant as those comments posted related to politics. Everything is not related to OUR PRESIDENT. Her son is not entitled to potentially cause injury to other people’s children. If she is calling the other kids ‘little guys’, then she already knows there is a size disparity. How about focus on his health Mom. His height can’t be helped but his wieght should be nowhere near 300lbs.

Stewie

August 20th, 2012
9:46 am

I like how there’s no mention of a father in the article. Typical no class welfare queen.

Billie

August 20th, 2012
9:49 am

I can hear the village idiot Joe Biden claiming “The league is puttin’ this po’ boy back in chains, yo”.

Willie

August 20th, 2012
9:50 am

If this kid is lucky and goes on a diet, he may be able to avoid ballooning up to 450 pounds like his momma.

Face

August 20th, 2012
9:53 am

He should be able to play with his age group no matter the size. We sit here and put democracy in a situation but I have to consider this: Women fought to play male sports with males. People tried to say they are too feminine or look at the size ratio. He should be allowed to play but limit his playing time or position. Make him all-time center or nose tackle. The kid is 12 and adults should not stump his dreams because he is bigger than the others. When this same kid is 22, we will be loving him because of the very same thing….

crossdawg

August 20th, 2012
9:53 am

Feel a little sorr for the kid, but he & his mama should lay off the fries & shakes. Any school coach would be glad to have a 300 pounder.

Dawgnlex is a complete tool

August 20th, 2012
9:55 am

Whoa…. that mom is pretty darn sexy!!! I’d love take her on a date to the Shoney’s breakfast bar :)

Youth Coach

August 20th, 2012
9:58 am

Here in GA, most youth leagues are weight restricted ONLY for the ball carrier (Ex: 10yr olds ball carriers must be 125lbs or less)…at 12u there is NO weight restriction on ball carriers. Leagues such as the GFL (Gwinnett Football League) & YFA (Youth Football Alliance) there are NO WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS PERIOD.

So what’s all the fuss about?!? Sounds like TX needs to adapt to modern times & get rid of weight restrictions, because once a kid enters middle/high school everyone certainly won’t be the same size!

My question is why hasn’t some middle school or high school coach stepped up to train this kid & groom him for future varsity success?!?

2ruff4u

August 20th, 2012
9:58 am

If somebody would just do something about all the entitlements “our” government is pushing on people in the name of “helping”. maybe we could get away from the dependance on our governemnt to “save us” from ourselves. Get a job, buy your food and make sure it is good food not the junk food that this mother is eating and what she so obviously feeds her son.
The EBT cards do NOT help, they make the “poor downtroden masses” victims to our own government.
Get up, get a job, stop wasting our money because you “deserve it” and get a life.

pikedawg

August 20th, 2012
10:03 am

I know what can solve this problem for everybody involved…..A FEW MORE SALADS

DAnna

August 20th, 2012
10:05 am

Really, this is no way this child should be able to play with others his age… he will hurt them because of his size, then what?

Mara

August 20th, 2012
10:09 am

I feel pretty bad for this kid. Despite weighing almost 300 lbs (which, for someone already over 6′ tall, isn’t obese by any means) he’s still just a 12-year-old boy. He’s got the mind and emotions of a 12-year-old boy. Heck, there’s a high probability that he hasn’t even hit puberty yet!! Yet there are many people on this forum have been insulting him, calling him names, and acting like he’s some sort of sadistic bully for wanting to play with other kids his own age. Yeah, his mother certainly is a peice of work, but the kid probably just wants to play football. Have some compassion, for heaven sake, and try to think what it’d be like to be so very different from those around you.

trina@atl

August 20th, 2012
10:10 am

I am sick of hearing about this overweight kid. My son is 12 and only weights 100lbs, and I would be very upset if a kid that big was on his team. Go ahead mom let him play and when his fat butt falls on another little kid and hurts him then his parents can sue you.

Aquagirl

August 20th, 2012
10:12 am

Love how SuperSize mom agonizes over her son’s wasted “three weeks of blood, sweat and tears” in PEEWEE football practice. Although I can see how she’d think three weeks of minor sports activities is some kind of incredible sacrifice, walking to the mailbox is her idea of a marathon.

Paul

August 20th, 2012
10:16 am

Rules are rules and he does exceed the weight limit by quite a bit. Young man go ahead and play with your middle school team. I guarantee you’ll be ok. Maintain the weight you have, stay disciplined and we’ll be cheering for you in the very near future. Good luck.

Tyrone from East Point

August 20th, 2012
10:16 am

Take a look at the mom…it appears both of them need to lose about 80-100 lbs. each!

Mid Town Joe

August 20th, 2012
10:18 am

I hope DFACS reads this story. A 300 lb 12 year old?

Tyrone from East Point

August 20th, 2012
10:19 am

By the way, 300 lbs. and 6 ft tall means you are overweight. The kids needs a parent.

BOB FROM ACCOUNT TEMPS

August 20th, 2012
10:20 am

looks like cindy is over the weight limit also.

KeithB

August 20th, 2012
10:20 am

Pound ball is a joke. There are leagues near them that don’t have weight limits, but weight restrictions (like a lot of the leagues here in GA), meaning he would have to play on the line (duh, that’s where he’d play anyway). I had two tackles at 200+ on a seventh grade team. Hope he’s got good feet because if not the size won’t matter. Those smaller kids will shoot the gap or get the edge on him every time if he can’t move. If I coached in Dallas, I’d grab this kid. He does need to shed some LBs though.

Stank Wren

August 20th, 2012
10:21 am

“Despite weighing almost 300 lbs (which, for someone already over 6′ tall, isn’t obese by any means)”

The recommended weight for a man that is 6′1 feet tall is in the range or 180-195 lbs. That would make this kid approx. 100lbs overweight. No, thats not obese by any means……

Tyrone from East Point

August 20th, 2012
10:21 am

Where is this kid’s father?

Falcon James

August 20th, 2012
10:22 am

My son’s have played rec league football and I certainly would not want them playing against someone who is larger than most of the coaches. The rules are in place for the safety of the other children and to promote a fair and balanced “recreational” sport. If I were the middle school coach, I would be ecstatic to have him on the team and certainly would want him in High School. If nothing else, he is going to occupy several opposing players. My heart goes out to him that he cannot play on the Rec league, but his mother should realize the situation is what it is. She is definetly making it worse.

peewee

August 20th, 2012
10:22 am

This all the fault of George Bush

Rick Day

August 20th, 2012
10:22 am

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

And that, folks, is precisely what is wrong with our kids these days: they are protecting by hovering helicopter moms.

In this case, more like ROFLCOPTER mom.

Entitled, much?

Obama Supporter

August 20th, 2012
10:23 am

Yet another example of a young black kid being held down by the man.

KeithB

August 20th, 2012
10:24 am

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.

Go play on the MS team.

ronald

August 20th, 2012
10:24 am

Tyrone from East Point

August 20th, 2012
10:21 am
Where is this kid’s father?

The kid ate him

WARD

August 20th, 2012
10:24 am

You IDIOTS are always bringing Obama into something totally not related. You must mumble his name in your sleep, as well.

Cindy Earnheart's Elastic Waistband

August 20th, 2012
10:25 am

Cindy Earnheart probably only wears pants that have an elastic waistband. She is about as big around as she is tall. Wonder where he gets it from???

Obama Supporter

August 20th, 2012
10:27 am

If Obama had a son…would he look like Elijay?

The Factor

August 20th, 2012
10:29 am

Kids mom wins “Pinhead of the Day Award”.

Joe Biden

August 20th, 2012
10:31 am

Is it just me or is Cindy hot?

The Factor

August 20th, 2012
10:32 am

Kids mom is blaming Romney. She was also heard saying, “I paid my taxes”….

The Factor

August 20th, 2012
10:35 am

@Youth Coach,

May you never coach my kid. Wow, your second running up to “pinhead of the Day”

Humpy

August 20th, 2012
10:37 am

Her son probably would not be a “standout” or “star” playing against kids his size; therefore, let him hurt kids just so she can see his name in the paper.

Pamela

August 20th, 2012
10:38 am

I understand that her son has feelings and after all he is a child; however I don’t understand why she refuse to understand why her son is not eligible to play pee-wee foot ball. Maybe when he get in high school he will be able to play. He’s just too big. Children are resilient and he will get over it. She is making a big deal about it and she really shouldn’t. If my son was in pee wee football I certaintly wouldn’t want him playing against that young man…plain and simple..he is way too big for pee wee ball!

Mary

August 20th, 2012
10:38 am

His mom is worried about football?? This poor kid is severely obese by any standard. Hopefully, all this publicity will get him some help.

Old Timer

August 20th, 2012
10:42 am

This “boy” is in middle school so why not play on the middle school team? Isn’t this the same mom who was accused of “growing” her own athlete? She has been feeding this kid growth hormones that are meant for livestock not children. I know most kids this size start getting the hormones at age 6 so they can grow up and be a million dollar athlete and put momma on easy street. They need to test him for the hormones and then put her in jail.