A 12-year-old Mesquite, Texas boy has been kicked off his Pee Wee football team because the league president said he is too big to play in their league. At 6 feet tall and nearly 300 pounds, Elijah Earnheart is bigger than most of his peers, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be denied the opportunity to play ball with his friends.
The league president, Ronnie Henderson, said that Earnheart will have to play on the school league if he wants to play football. Henderson claims that league rules prevent any 7th grader over 135 pounds from playing in Pee Wee sports, but the coach, Marc Wright, says the rule isn’t enforced.
Wright told My Fox Tampa, “If they’re over 135 they have to wear a symbol on their helmet, which is the X. So if they’re an X-man they have to play offensive line, defensive line only.”
Henderson struck back at the criticism by saying that 7th grade Pee Wee has very strict guidelines while 6th grade and younger do not. He maintains that Coach Wright was aware of this rule as it was brought up at their meetings.
Elijah’s mother, Cindy Earnheart, isn’t taking the Pee Wee demise lightly either. She said that Elijah cries about his removal from the team and doesn’t want to play with a bunch of kids he doesn’t know. She has signs ready to go for the next Pee Wee Mesquite Vikings game, where she says she plans to protest peacefully, asking the league to reconsider. She’s prepared signs that read, “Let Elijah Play”.