Jeremiah Johnson, a 12-year-old football player from Fort Worth, Texas, has sparked debate on social media over his age owing to his physique and size.
The athlete went famous on the internet after a photo of him with a mustache and a tattoo leaked online following the 2022 Youth National Championships in Miami over the weekend, where he was named crowd MVP.
Johnson was photographed with the trophy that reads, “12U Division 1 Most Valuable Player,” after his team, the Dallas Dragons Elite Academy (DEA), won the final game.
However, the photo drew thousands of comments from netizens who questioned his age and why he was permitted to play in the Under 12 category when he clearly seems older than 12.
Johnson acknowledged his 12-year-old age in a viral video in which he was probed about his age. Despite the proof, many people, including an NFL player, have refused to believe he is 12 years old.
See his response below.
Some netizens even went so far as to find a photo of Johnson and his father from 2020 and expressed surprise at his two-year growth rate.
Meanwhile, Shana Evans, assumed to be Johnson’s mother, moved to Facebook to silence the critics by revealing that her kid is 12 years old.
Evans wrote: “Before I lay down I just want y’all to know…. my baby going viral. These folks is going in… SO…. Yes he’s on 12U (he meets ALL of the requirements. No the tattoo isn’t real (duh). Yes the goatee is tho.”
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