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

I vote dem just to annoy rednecks

August 21st, 2012
12:40 pm

These people are stupid obese and from texas so there is a 100% chance they vote republican just like the moronic pwt on display everyday on the AJC comment page.


August 21st, 2012
12:41 pm

Good points “Dale”:

If he IS allowed to play and another child gets hurt, the Pee Wee organization will get sued by the “rule following parents”….that is an Obvious WIN/Slamdunk for the bottom feeding attorney (that probably has a sign hanging on the field fence promoting his biz). Now
…..if the incompetent Mom, is allowed to have his Son play…..She should be forced to take out a Fully paid for multi-million dollar “Personal Insurance policy” incurring that if another child is hurt, she and only she is Fully responsible for all mental, physical, legal and misc. cost associated with any and all claims…..Bam !!!

Can i get an Amen ???


August 21st, 2012
4:51 pm

Wow, I have a paid subscription and the iPad app which fortunately do not contain these racist blogs. I love it!

panic fan

August 21st, 2012
8:48 pm

i was on a team as a child was 12 same age went to tryouts was told its 125lbs if your12 so i ck in at 62 lbs i had to go down to 85lbs ball but could not play if i touched the ball qb,wr,rb,etc so they made me a line man kids out weighed me by 20 lbs i broke 4 helmets that yr and was never hurt but 297 is a bit much


August 22nd, 2012
8:34 pm

seems like everyone wants to blame the mother for the weight this child is but no1 knows the situation he could have a disabililty that made him grow fast wonder how many of the ppl calling names is obese themselves but i dont think it would be fair to let him play peewee if he truely wants to play he can play middle school

Big Mama

August 23rd, 2012
8:49 am

Common sense should tell one that a child weighing nearly 300 lbs does not qualify for PEE WEE anything. Pee Wee implies small, undersize. Not XXL. The mother should be ashamed of her disregard for the safety of all players and for allowing her son to reach his present size with no thought to his physical fitness. Perhaps he ought to consider a non-contact sport?


August 23rd, 2012
10:13 am



August 24th, 2012
10:46 am

I coach football in Sanfrancisco we play in a league that has no weight limit AND WE DO HAVE SOME BIG BOYS ,our o line averaged 6-1 280 7th and 8th graders , our toughest and hardest hitters were the 5 – 9 to 6 foot players 170 to 200 pounds . We were really good this year but are line was the weak spot .In football low man wins, just because your tall and chubby doesnt mean you can play the game, speed kills .Young big guys aren’t coordinated enough to dominate.Later when he gets in highschool I can see dominating , junior senior year, .We had two guys 8th grade 6-4 320 and 6-6 340