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.

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5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
2:25 pm

Falcons roster and again where does this PEE WEE fit on the roster?

14 Dominique Davis QB 23 6-3 210 R East Carolina
8 Chris Redman QB 35 6-3 225 10 Louisville
2 Matt Ryan QB 27 6-4 217 5 Boston College
4 John Parker Wilson QB 26 6-2 215 2 Alabama
34 Bradie Ewing RB 22 5-11 243 R Wisconsin
40 Richard Medlin RB 25 5-11 200 1 Fayetteville State
43 Lee Meisner RB 22 6-0 245 R Southern Colorado
30 Dimitri Nance RB 24 5-10 219 2 Arizona State
32 Jacquizz Rodgers RB 22 5-6 196 2 Oregon State
35 Antone Smith RB 26 5-9 192 3 Florida State
44 Jason Snelling RB 28 5-11 234 6 Virginia
33 Michael Turner RB 30 5-10 247 9 Northern Illinois
42 Mike Cox FB 27 6-0 252 5 Georgia Tech
36 Lousaka Polite FB 30 6-0 245 7 Pittsburgh
12 Kevin Cone WR 24 6-2 216 1 Georgia Tech
19 D.J. Davis WR 23 6-1 205 1 Oregon
83 Harry Douglas WR 27 6-0 183 4 Louisville
16 Marcus Jackson WR 23 6-1 195 R Lamar
11 Julio Jones WR 23 6-3 220 2 Alabama
80 Kerry Meier WR 25 6-3 220 3 Kansas
18 James Rodgers WR 23 5-7 185 R Oregon State
89 Kenny Stafford WR 22 6-4 204 R Toledo
17 Tim Toone WR 27 5-10 185 1 Weber State
84 Roddy White WR 30 6-0 211 8 Alabama-Birmingham
85 LaMark Brown TE 23 6-3 220 R Minnesota State-Mankato
80 Chase Coffman TE 25 6-6 250 3 Missouri
87 Tommy Gallarda TE 24 6-5 262 1 Boise State
88 Tony Gonzalez TE 36 6-5 247 16 California
86 Adam Nissley TE 24 6-6 267 R Central Florida
81 Michael Palmer TE 24 6-5 252 3 Clemson
49 Aron White TE 23 6-4 239 R Georgia
47 Josh Harris C 23 6-1 224 R Auburn
64 Tyler Horn C 23 6-4 305 R Miami (Fla.)
66 Peter Konz C 22 6-5 317 R Wisconsin
62 Todd McClure C 35 6-1 296 14 LSU
72 Sam Baker OT 27 6-5 301 5 USC
77 Tyson Clabo OT 30 6-6 329 8 Wake Forest
73 Bryce Harris OT 23 6-6 300 R Fresno State
76 Lamar Holmes OT 23 6-6 333 R Southern Mississippi
75 Garrett Reynolds OT 25 6-7 310 4 North Carolina
74 Will Svitek OT 30 6-6 308 7 Stanford
63 Justin Blalock OG 28 6-4 326 6 Texas
61 Joe Hawley OG 23 6-3 302 3 Nevada-Las Vegas
69 Andrew Jackson OG 23 6-5 299 1 Fresno State
79 Mike Johnson OG 25 6-6 304 3 Alabama
68 Phillipkeith Manley OG 22 6-5 309 R Toledo
DEFENSE
NO NAME POS AGE HT WT EXP COLLEGE
55 John Abraham DE 34 6-4 263 13 South Carolina
71 Kroy Biermann DE 26 6-3 255 5 Montana
93 Ray Edwards DE 27 6-5 268 7 Purdue
70 Eli Joseph DE 24 6-2 290 1 Temple
96 Jonathan Massaquoi DE 24 6-2 264 R Troy
98 Cliff Matthews DE 23 6-4 268 2 South Carolina
97 Louis Nzegwu DE 23 6-4 255 R Wisconsin
90 Lawrence Sidbury DE 26 6-3 261 4 Richmond
95 Jonathan Babineaux DT 30 6-2 300 8 Iowa
94 Peria Jerry DT 27 6-2 295 4 Mississippi
65 Conrad Obi DT 23 6-3 290 R Colorado
91 Corey Peters DT 24 6-3 305 3 Kentucky
67 Micanor Regis DT 22 6-3 305 R Miami (Fla.)
92 Travian Robertson DT 23 6-4 304 R South Carolina
99 Vance Walker DT 25 6-2 304 4 Georgia Tech
59 Spencer Adkins LB 25 5-11 236 4 Miami (Fla.)
43 Rico Council LB 23 6-1 255 R Tennessee State
52 Akeem Dent LB 24 6-1 239 2 Georgia
46 Max Gruder LB 23 6-2 230 R Pittsburgh
49 Jerrell Harris LB 23 6-3 242 R Alabama
50 Robert James LB 28 5-11 224 1 Arizona State
54 Stephen Nicholas LB 29 6-3 236 6 South Florida
40 Pat Schiller LB 23 6-2 235 R Northern Illinois
56 Sean Weatherspoon LB 24 6-2 244 3 Missouri
24 Dominique Franks CB 24 6-0 197 3 Oklahoma
20 Brent Grimes CB 29 5-10 183 5 Shippensburg
27 Robert McClain CB 24 5-9 195 2 Connecticut
21 Chris Owens CB 25 5-9 180 4 San Jose State
23 Dunta Robinson CB 30 5-10 183 9 South Carolina
22 Asante Samuel CB 31 5-10 185 10 Central Florida
29 Darrin Walls CB 24 6-0 190 2 Notre Dame
38 Marty Markett DB 22 5-10 162 R South Carolina
37 Peyton Thompson DB 21 5-11 180 R San Jose State
28 Thomas DeCoud S 27 6-2 192 5 California
– Matt Hansen S 22 6-1 230 1 Rhode Island
36 Chris Hope S 31 6-0 208 11 Florida State
25 William Moore S 27 6-0 221 4 Missouri
39 Shann Schillinger S 26 6-0 200 3 Montana
41 Suaesi Tuimaunei S 24 6-1 205 1 Oregon State
26 Charles Mitchell SS 22 5-11 205 R Mississippi State
SPECIAL TEAMS
NO NAME POS AGE HT WT EXP COLLEGE
5 Matt Bosher PK 24 6-0 208 2 Miami (Fla.)
3 Matt Bryant PK 37 5-9 203 11 Baylor
1 Erik Folk PK 23 5-11 185 R Washington
82 Joe Zelenka LS 36 6-3 266 14 Wake Forest

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
2:30 pm

is MOM trying to get him in Honors/ Advanced Placement Classes even thought he doesn’t FIT the RULES to be a member of those groups?

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
2:30 pm

I tell you where he fits. In the back booth at Golden Corrall where his momma has been bringing him for dinner the past 2-3 yrs.

Duh

August 20th, 2012
2:34 pm

If only she’d put that much effort into both of them losing weight (and yes, I realize he’s 6′1″ but so is my husband, and he doesn’t weigh anything close to 297 lbs).

LADY

August 20th, 2012
2:34 pm

Ok, no more you all are killing me @itprokeith!

DAWG POUND

August 20th, 2012
2:40 pm

If nothing else, this momma has gotten the attention of every D-I college coach in the country! Nice marketing job! In the pic, she’s probably on the phone with Saban or Miles dicussing his eligibility.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
2:41 pm

I have 3 kids on my team that weigh over 230lbs at 11/12 at a middle school, that all are 1st year players. The are fighting for starting positions on the line. This is called LIFE. The heaviest on of the 3, probably will not start. Why? Because he is lazy and it appears his mom babies him through his lazyness. I have yet to get the kid to run a complete lap yet and we have a game Saturday. He will be more than likely struggle to get playing time in that game.

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5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
2:46 pm

itprokeith
August 20th, 2012
2:41 pm

I have 3 kids on my team that weigh over 230lbs at 11/12 at a middle school, that all are 1st year players.
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We don’t believe you.
Give proof.
Names
School
PROOF
You are FOS without PROOF.

I drive a LAMBO and date Jennifer Anniston too.

Stop the BS and GIVE PROOF to show/prove your point.

daisym0m

August 20th, 2012
2:49 pm

All of you are being cruel. Making such comments about mother and son being ‘fat’ are uncalled for. Unless you’ve been in their shoes, you don’t know how they feel. Have you ever heard of glandular problems. My mother was 5′5″ and weighed 329# once. She had a thyroid problem and couldn’t help her weight. Finally, she found a doctor willing to take on her case. I agree he’s a little too big to be in the Pee Wee League, but to rake them over the coals is just wrong..

Lance

August 20th, 2012
2:52 pm

She’s worried about her son’s “feelngs,” yet all she’s done with this media attention is further embarrass the poor kid. I agree … if he really wants to play, play middle school ball. If he develops, he’ll do well in college and pro one day. Mom’s a turd.

Blue_Blood_Dad

August 20th, 2012
2:52 pm

Let him play, he has to catch the kids first. At that size he would be out of breath and wouldn’t be able to catch anyone on the filed unless he sits on them. His mother should be ashamed of allowing her son to eat himself into a early death and numerous health problems.

aziolko

August 20th, 2012
2:54 pm

Apparently, she has no concern for the safety of any of the children he would have been playing against.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
2:54 pm

You want me to prove I have 3 overweight kids on my team? Really? My point is the kid needs to play middle school ball. You want me to name a school? Is the weight hard to believe? I can care less if anyone believes anything on a blog. Just statng facts.

Fat Albert

August 20th, 2012
2:55 pm

Hey, Hey, Hey! Glandular problem? That excuse is why Georgia is in the top 2 in obesity and diabetes in the country. The boy needs to play middle school football, run a lot, eat healthier, and get his momma to do the same thing. Get Jenny Craig to sponsor both of them!

JackSprat

August 20th, 2012
2:56 pm

idiot mother

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
2:57 pm

daisym0m
August 20th, 2012
2:49 pm

All of you are being cruel. Making such comments about mother and son being ‘fat’ are uncalled for. Unless you’ve been in their shoes. Have you ever heard of glandular problems. My mother was 5′5″ and weighed 329# once. I agree he’s a little too big to be in the Pee Wee League, but to rake them over the coals is just wrong..
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Are you BLIND or Crazy?
This ain’t a gland problem.
I can’t walk in their shoes cause I didn’t live off GoMent Cheese.

We maybe WRONG but so is Mom.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:00 pm

itprokeith
August 20th, 2012
2:54 pm

You want me to prove I have 3 overweight kids on my team? Really? My point is the kid needs to play middle school ball.
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YES
PROVE your point since you said you have to deal with a Similar situation.
If you want to say you are dealing with the same thing than PROVE you are the EXPERT you say you are.
If you ran your mouth like that in COURT being an EXPERT on the subject you would have to PROVE you are said EXPERT otherwise you are a BS Blogger.

Me

August 20th, 2012
3:01 pm

Come on, these fat comments are mean. Maybe they just have big bones. Don’t you guys know that the stomach has the biggest bones in the body. :-)

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:05 pm

UOAD? I gave a factual comparison. What I have stated does not in any way seem like an unreasonable thing. If you think I am going to put a persons name on a blog to prove to you, someone who just copies and pastes college stats and blasts people he disagrees with, you are sadly mistaken. I think it is clear most people on here think he should play middle school ball.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:10 pm

itprokeith……..Never said it isn’t POSSIBLE or Unreasonable. I said you are FOS and LYING. Could it happen? YES. Are you someone with PERSONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE of a similar situation? HELL NO.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:11 pm

Okay UOAD. You win.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:12 pm

Now can you troll someone else’s statements UOAD?

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:14 pm

itprokeith
August 20th, 2012
2:41 pm

I have 3 kids on my team that weigh over 230lbs at 11/12 at a middle school, that all are 1st year players.
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You DIDN’T give a factual comparison. You gave a Situation that you SAY you are dealing with. NOW, IF you Prove your statement then it could be FACTUAL.
Until you PROVE you are dealing with it then we can CONFIRM FACTS like any good reporter would do.

Fat Albert

August 20th, 2012
3:15 pm

Momma, where is the bucket of Popeyes?????

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:18 pm

itprokeith………..NICE………..when asked for you to support your position you run and hide. Reporters don’t have to divulge their sources but that have to Provide FACTS for their claims.
You have done nothing to PROVE either.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:21 pm

UOAD? Is it a bad day for you? I am not a reporter. Sorry. The caps and cussing seems like you are frustrated. And back to your statement earlier about court, I am not in court. Again, regardless of the coaching….or the comparison, the fact remains. The kid cannot get certified to play Pop Warner at over 200lbs. That is fact. Maybe your copying and pasting will work in the National Pop Warner By-Laws.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:22 pm

Oh, and run and hide from you? I am at work, you know, a 9-5? Are you in your moms basement?

Sheila Wooods

August 20th, 2012
3:26 pm

Okay, he is 12 and weighs almost 300lbs. Should be concerned about his health? No but she is concerned about him being given the chance practice on someone elses child. Really

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:27 pm

itprokeith………..You are still HIDING from the facts. The capitol letters/words are not yelling or cursing but a POINT of Em Phas Is.
Why have you still run from Proving your statement?

You only work 9-5? That must be nice. Your daddy GIVES you a Check for being on the clock. WOW being an HOURLY worker must make you so proud.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:29 pm

That is the sad part Sheila. Imagine at 18-20 how much he will weigh?

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:34 pm

itprokeith……………must be WORKING HARD at the 9-5 JOB……………………

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

August 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

Sizeism? Really? He can play for his middle school (better talent I assume) but wants to play against a smaller bunch of “less talented” kids. Hmmm….

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:38 pm

Honey Badger Has the Munchies
August 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

Sizeism? Really? He can play for his middle school (better talent I assume) but wants to play against a smaller bunch of “less talented” kids. Hmmm….
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Sounds like 22 year old men trying to date 15 year old girls don’t it?

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:38 pm

UOAD? Did I steal your girl or something? Why are you stalking me? Go to GMSAA. I am there somewhere. Learn how not to stalk while you are at it.

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

August 20th, 2012
3:39 pm

@5150….now thats funny

shes got dollar signs in her head

August 20th, 2012
3:41 pm

mothers nuts…..let the kid play with older kids….school systems have allowed that before in specific cases….she wouldn’t be too happy if she had a kid hurt by someone THREE times his size.
Put the kid on a diet woman! Not healthy….bet it’s 90% body fat

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:41 pm

itprokeith…………..You started running your mouth against MY post. You started Trolling/Stalcking I just called you out.

The bigger ? is

August 20th, 2012
3:42 pm

How many scholarship offers does this kid have already?

Amazing, but......

August 20th, 2012
3:44 pm

Kid needs to hit the weight room and make sure he turns that into muscle before he becomes a 16 year old Fat Albert. And that is not said to be mean.

itprokeith

August 20th, 2012
3:45 pm

Your Post? Okay. Think before you type.

sir, please put down the big mac

August 20th, 2012
3:46 pm

Where’s Michelle Obama to preach to this kid?…..oh yeah, taking out air force one on taxpayer joy rides

QuestionerInChief

August 20th, 2012
3:47 pm

The ANGRY WHITE MAN needs to learn how to check his anger. WTF is your problem ANGRY WHITE MAN? At least the Black and Brown man has SOMETHING to be angry about. You have had the PRIVILEGE of controlling so much and calling all the shots for so long, even when you deceived and exploited, raped, pillaged and terrorized to gain and keep the advantage. You have used your privilege to deny all others the benefit of the doubt and marginalize them, no different than you do with this CHILD! Your SURPREMACIST complex leads you feel that you can without justification put someone in a social, political, or ethical box. It’s a shame that you believe your chzyt doesn’t stink ANGRY WHITE MAN! Now please don’t get this confused (White Americans) because this is not aimed at you if you do not subscribe to what I DEscribed. I must say though, the problem lies in too many otherwise good people turning a blind eye and deaf ear to the ANGRY WHITE MAN, and allows his nature to cause chaos, only to then not understand when a reactive society reacts accordingly.

Linda

August 20th, 2012
3:48 pm

Football workouts in this heat while carrying those pounds on a 12 year old frame? I fear the young man would encounter serious health issues. If he is allowed to play with children so much smaller, the other parents should pull their children from the team for their safety. Then no one gets to play. That would be the outrage, allowing dozens of youngsters to be denied when they meet the requirements in order to placate a mother who demonstrates no common sense.

waaaa

August 20th, 2012
3:50 pm

moms coco for cocoa puffs

waaaa

August 20th, 2012
3:53 pm

The mom looks like a noseguard

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
3:57 pm

itprokeith………….you called the kid and his mom Buffet champs. I responded and you replied defending your original post that they are FAT BUTTS and Crazy trying to fight this RULE.

Indy brah

August 20th, 2012
3:57 pm

LOL at some of you idiots who are saying “don’t call him fat, that’s cruel, you don’t know what he’s been through, maybe he has a thyroid problem” HERP DERP cool story bro!

It’s crazy how every fat person in this country now blames their disgusting fat on being “big-boned” having a “thyroid problem” or the best one–”genetics”. Stop coming up with excuses for being a sedentary clown who can’t control your diet and exercise regularly. It’s pretty sad now how fat elementary school kids are because parents let them sit home all day and play video games/iPhone while eating pure garbage, when they should be playing outside like my generation.

1 pound of fat is 3500 calories. So, if you eat 500 calories above caloric maintenance for a week (500*7 days) then you will put on 1 pound. This fat 12 year old kid has been doing that for who knows how many years…most likely he has been taking in ~4000 calories/day from cake/coke/fried chicken/poptarts/etc while his mom joins him, and this explains why they are both >50% body fat.

The people who are supporting this kid and his mom are most likely fat whales themselves who have a “my sh*t don’t stink” attitude and support the new “fat (i.e., whale) acceptance movement”

ITS THE PARENTS FAULT

August 20th, 2012
4:08 pm

Here is something to think about. Has anyone considered that kids that are absolutely obese are that way because their parents are negligible? I mean look at the picture, they are both obese and it does not seem because of illness but rather a low quality, high sugar, high carb diet. I am thinking this kid eats WAY TOO much and so at 11 they think this is good because he can be good at PEEWEE football? I am a 6′1″ adult at 43 years old and am overweight at 220 pounds. In fact I am borderline obese and so I have changed my lifestyle o loose weight. Someone should focus on the poor upbringing that this woman is giving this monstrosity of a child. Now to follow up with low quality parenting she is introducing him to entitlement. Rather then focusing on the things one can do such as; start an exercise regiment to teach him life lessons of weight and quality of life. Put him on good quality, high protein foods with low sugar and low carbs. No chips, cookies or soda. IN the meanwhile putting the kid in middle scholl football would in fact work him out harder and then further improving the boys overall health with is what the most important thing is at this point in this kids life. If not, he will be the next biggest looser at 18 and 450 pounds.

Cindy Earnheart's Elastic Waistband

August 20th, 2012
4:13 pm

Maybe this is 5150 UOAD’s son, the mom looks like his type of woman. I don’t see any reason for this much anger relating to some of the posters on this story.