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

Moobs Johnson

August 20th, 2012
4:21 pm

Maybe he can learn to play a tuba.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
4:21 pm

Cindy Earnheart’s Elastic Waistband

It is not ANGER……….it is the FACT he/mom don’t want to play be the RULES……
Where is BABY DADDY?
Is Baby Daddy playing by the rules and providing for his kid and spe.m bank?
The KID’S Mom thinks the RULES shouldn’t apply and that he is some how being kept from playing football. but that is not the case.
The HUGE kid has other OPTIONS to play ball, but mom wants a SPECIAL RULE made to let him play in this league.

HOPE
&
CHANGE

rules with these Entitled buttheads.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
4:23 pm

Cindy Earnheart’s Elastic Waistband

I say let him play and I will let my nephew end ANY HOPE of him EVER playing again. Would that be fair? No, but he can possibly do the same to another child and we are supposed to think that is OK?

Leave it to a neck to .....

August 20th, 2012
4:28 pm

Why all the political crap? Yes, the kid is large & so is his mother. A sad commentary, show me an obese kid & I’ll show you obese parents! What this woman needs to realize is that pee-wee football HAS WEIGHT LIMITS! They have had them for years (at least since the 70’s). Evidently she does not understand that when 300 lbs lands on 80-90 lb child, it will make the smaller child a greasy spot or something worse!

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
4:32 pm

Maybe he can marry Honey Boo Boo real soon…………………………they are only 6 years apart and both have Trash for parents.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABzMAuI1vj0

Artie

August 20th, 2012
4:35 pm

Man, look at all the redneck racists on here!!!

Careful

August 20th, 2012
4:38 pm

5150:

Honey Boo Boo from same town as Kevin Brown (pitcher for GIT). Although Kevin says Macon, GA was home he grew up in McIntyre or up the road a bit on Hwy. 57. Aren’t you a GIT fan?

MountainDawg

August 20th, 2012
4:38 pm

He needs to trim down 50-60lbs or so. At 6′1, he’s way too heavy. He also doesn’t need to play w/ kids 1/3 his size. I was 3″ taller than him (at that age), but 100 lbs lighter. He needs to focus on conditioning for the next year + and ready for HS.

Cindy Earnheart's Elastic Waistband

August 20th, 2012
4:39 pm

5150 – Your nonsensical rants make it impossible to tell what side of the fence you stand when it comes to this story. I think we agree that this kid and his mom are a joke but at this point I have no idea. Take your meds and come back and try posting again tomorrow.

GFY

August 20th, 2012
4:41 pm

Why has tub of lard mom not had her son playing ball all along? Maybe he would not be as heavy and cleaning some clocks of middle schoolers. Is it possible she is just so lazy she did not want to drive him to anything before and not be able to sit on the couch and stuff her large mouth with another bag of potato chips?

Moobs Johnson

August 20th, 2012
4:41 pm

How come when I move my cursor on the mom in the picture above it says big?

GFY

August 20th, 2012
4:42 pm

6′4″ at 12 years old MountainDawg?

GFY

August 20th, 2012
4:45 pm

You do see some big kids (over 6′) currently at the LLWS……most however are not as fundamentally developed as some of the smaller kids in the 5′6″ range.

Kilroy

August 20th, 2012
4:48 pm

First to “ALL OF YOU OBAMA HATERS,” This about a young man playing football!! UNDERSTAND?? What has Mr. Obama to do with this?? Second, this boy’s mother should be VERY ASHAMED of herself. She has NO REGARDS for the safety of any of the other players who are within the weight limits. She ONLY CARES that her BIG SON be allowed to play football, but at what cost! She is the problem here. I say let her sue! If she wins, then as a parent, I would withdraw my kid from that league and place him and a league where the rules CANNOT be contested!! FIND THE RIGHT LAWYER(S).

Peter

August 20th, 2012
5:00 pm

Well maybe if she wasn’t eating so many Twinkies and so FAT, neither would her kid ?

Manny

August 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

BTW, the kid isn’t really to far out of shape. He’s a big kid, not a fat kid.

I wish I had the kid for a season. As a football coach, I probably would have had his college enrollment all situated within a year- with that size. All you got to do is give him some confidence, weights and good running shoes.

tony austin

August 20th, 2012
5:30 pm

If I was him I’d want to play pee wee football also. Talk about dominating the league! :)

People have no sense about them sometimes. Rules are in place for a reason. If that young man puts all of his weight and strength into one of the smaller players he could kill that kid. But no, it’s just a hate league discriminating against her son. Give me a break.

dale

August 20th, 2012
5:40 pm

He exceeds the league weight limit. What’s not to understand.

I exceed the league age limit, but I want to play too.

Trotter

August 20th, 2012
5:47 pm

My worry would be for my son. 297 lbs is a health danger. If anything did happen to the boy his mom would be in a lawyers office wanting to sue before he was cold!

Bob Leblah

August 20th, 2012
5:50 pm

@manny- At what point did 300 lbs become just a little out of shape? What a time we live in.. sheesh.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
5:54 pm

@careful………………..do you think Honey Boo Boo has the same type of parents that Kevin has?

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
5:57 pm

@MANNY ……………..do some RESEARCH…………………try BMI………….I posted it earlier…………..You are WRONG. the kid’s BMI is in the 95% he is FAT and not healthy.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
6:03 pm

@MANNY………….I noticed you didn’t include a MATH book, Shakespeare, the History of American Art, a Physical Science book, or any mention of EDUCATION in your post. You do know that better than 80% of LOTTO winners are broke within 10 years. he should read books on Money management and Economics, but you failed to consider that because you like his mom only see $$$$$$$$$$$$$ for YOU in the end.

Marie B. (Houston, TX)

August 20th, 2012
6:13 pm

I feel sorry for the kid. Yes he’s only 12…and has feelings. He is only a baby no doubt. But the reality of it all is this kid is a threat to the safety of other children his age. This boy is the size of a grown man!!!! If the shoe was on the other foot, this mother would be the main one protesting against a kid playing against her child if he weighed 297 lbs.!

Racist teams

August 20th, 2012
6:21 pm

Following the lead of the obama crowd mentality, she probably think she can sue and make a bunch of money off this

Left Coast Dawg

August 20th, 2012
6:32 pm

ROFL!!!!!!!! @ Moobs Johnson

It does say “big” when you move the cursor over the picture of the mom and the kid…..that is hilarious!!!

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
6:33 pm

If a child born from a Jewish woman’s womb is a Jew then why would a child born from a white woman’s womb not be white? This kid and Obama are from a white woman’s womb.

Jamal

August 20th, 2012
6:46 pm

“He exceeds the league’s weight limit for seventh-graders”. What is it that needs to be debated? Is it because he is, oh my god, “BLACK”? Can you just cry foul when you want to break the rules because you are “BLACK”? Oh yea…..you can.

femmefatale

August 20th, 2012
6:46 pm

Looks like it’s time to turn off the comments on this one. Certain keyboard babies still haven’t learned to play nice with others.

Reality check

August 20th, 2012
6:53 pm

Wow! 6 pages of comments over this story. Good thing it’s football. If it was cheerleading somebody would be shot!

postirrer

August 20th, 2012
6:55 pm

HAAAAAA! This would not have happened if you learned to swallow ni@@er jizzzz.

[...] Wee Football Association President Ronnie Henderson said her son, 12-year-old Elijah Earnheart, is not eligible to play peewee football because his is 6-foot-1 and 297 pounds. That’s right, a 12-year-old boy is 6-foot-1 [...]

tarshard

August 20th, 2012
7:02 pm

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
7:02 pm

Too BAD he don’t look like LOLO JONES…………

GA DAWG

August 20th, 2012
7:03 pm

Simple solution….. The Rotary Four Way Test asks these questions:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it bring goodwill and better friendships?
And is it beneficial to all concerned?

Hope mom guides him on these principles… for one day his challenges will be much bigger!

Harrison Dangler

August 20th, 2012
7:07 pm

postirrer, not nice.

robert

August 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

You lay with dogs you become a dog. The mamma needs some toothwork.

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
7:22 pm

Call OPRAH and it will be all fixed………….Where are Jess Jackson & Al Sharpton?

ldog

August 20th, 2012
9:03 pm

A weight limit in football?

ldog

August 20th, 2012
9:12 pm

whats next? a kid will be too tall to play basketball?

5150 UOAD`

August 20th, 2012
9:41 pm

idwag…….No, but an Intelligence limit for the blog is on the list.

DawgVoiceOfReason

August 20th, 2012
10:02 pm

It is odd that the coaches let him practice for three weeks. His own teammates could have been injured in that time. The way this was handled was bad. That said, the mother is a selfish, thoughtless, you-know-what. But, enough about her. Plenty of folks have lambasted her here. No need to pile on (pun intended). LOL.

trishaDishawareagle

August 20th, 2012
10:06 pm

Tons O Fun and her son need to claim the kiddo is undocumented, then all doors will open for him in hussein’s Amerika.

TrishaDishawareagle

August 20th, 2012
10:10 pm

Actually, I have seen how this movie ends…the brake pads finally sell and Tommy Boy saves the company and the town

SoSad

August 20th, 2012
10:19 pm

If she had any respect, she’d tell her son that there is a weight limit and there is nothing “peewee” about him. Sometimes that’s the cards you are dealt and it’s not fair, but guess what, neither is life! Deal with it! Maybe mom should go back to school too and learn some respect for others! Seriously, I understand wanting your kids to have every opportunity possible, but sometimes that’s not possible. You have to adapt. So get the boy into some proper training and get him ready for high school football. Trust me, he’s gonna be a tank and teams are gonna want him if he’s good. Shoot he’s the size (and to some bigger) as most NFL players! I wouldn’t want an NFL player tackling my 12 year old!

The moon calling....Grace

August 20th, 2012
10:42 pm

Sure, grace it’s NOT about the money, nor will it be when the little fat ass has high blood pressure, deabetes, high cholesterol and maybe stage IV cancer from all the BAD thinks he eats. Putl down the chow, x-box and get outside and PLAY!

Talkin' 'bout Doug

August 20th, 2012
10:47 pm

Maybe he can replace Will Svitek and be the Falcons back up for Sam “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” Baker. Does Bob Whitfield have anything left in the tank?

Footballdad

August 21st, 2012
5:51 am

I know I coached my son for 9 years in Recreation Football. Not sure how the Texas rules are but I know here in Georgia for most parks now they play age football and limit certain kids from running the ball depending on the weight of the child. At his size and age 12 no doubt he needs to be playing for the Middle School and not the recreation football.

Yes he is a big kid but that does not mean he is going to be a stud on the football field. My son is a Freshman in High School and at the age of 14 he weighs 150lbs. but has no kid on his team that can touch him on the field. I have watched the practices and he hits the boys that out weigh him by more then a 100 lbs. winning the battles every time. Several times he has hit boys over 250 and not once does he get knocked down. It is all about being tought the sport the proper way to play and hit without getting hurt. Football is a game of contact and injuries do happen……

kw2012

August 21st, 2012
9:52 am

Would she put her soon up against 600 Pound pro football players? I didn’t think so. But that’s basically what she is asking of the other kids in relative terms.

G-Dawg

August 21st, 2012
10:10 am

Fake birth certificate!!