|Screenshot of Cindy and Elijah from video|
His mother, Cindy Earnheart, is crying the blues. She said she was incensed and Elijah was humiliated. "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." Cindy claims the league is discriminating against her son, but shows absolutely no concern for the safety or welfare of smaller kids, saying "Isn't bigger better in football? Football is a contact sport. If you don't want your son tackled, get him off the field." Cindy is also planning a protest, including signs and shirts that read “Let Elijah Play.” KSL news video embedded below:
Coach Marc Wright is also protesting the decision, claiming that other seventh-graders are over the weight limit but haven’t been banned. He notes that overweight players must wear the symbol "X" on their helmets, and they're restricted to playing either on the offensive or defensive line. But Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association President Ronnie Henderson says that's not good enough, because safety is a legitimate issue. "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." Furthermore, the "X" rule is intended to apply only to sixth-graders who can weigh as much as 160 pounds. Henderson said they banned three other players the same day for the same reason, and will not reconsider.
Update August 18th: Coach Marc Wright has now been fired by the team president, who said he was out of line.
So why doesn't Elijah Earnheart play on his middle school team? Because he feels he's not technically ready for that level of play, and wanted to "feel his way" in pee-wee football first. Plus, he doesn't want to go play for somebody else he doesn't know. Awww, too bad, so sad; apparently the thought that he could fall on a 90-lb kid during a game and crush his sternum hasn't occurred to him. Just another black kid looking to take the easy way out.
An unscientific online poll being conducted by KLIX 1310 indicates that over 64 percent of respondents think Earnheart should be allowed to play despite the gross weight disparity.