Teen Mom OG Star Maci Bookout Speaks Out After She Receives Backlash For Comments Made About 11-Year-Old Son Making Weight Before Wrestling Tournament

Teen Mom OG star Maci Bookout is facing some backlash after the show revealed that her 11-year-old son, Bentley, who she shares with her ex Ryan Edwards, joined a private wrestling team. The backlash stemmed from the diet the mom had put her son on so that he could “make weight” for an upcoming match.

During the episode, as People reports, Bookout revealed that she signed her son up for the contact sport because she believed it would be a good outlet for him to channel his stress and frustrations from Edwards battles with substance abuse.

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As the episode continued, Bookout is heard telling her 11-year-old that if he wanted to achieve his goals of making it to the state tournament then he was going to have to “stick to a diet to make his weight class.” Those who have grown up around wrestlers understand that’s a common thing to say no matter how young the athlete is.

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Bentley’s first wrestling banquet made for an awesome evening. It was great spending time with our wrestling family since the season ended. Our coaches and their passion for wrestling, is unmatched; Teaching our kids how to not only become better wrestlers, but to be better human beings. We couldn’t ask for better, seriously. Bentley’s teammates are some of the best wrestlers and more importantly, greatest kids I have ever been around. This season has been a milestone for Bentley as a wrestler and as a young man. Wrestling is an absolute blessing for him as he navigates through this hard season of life. A challenge, an emotional battle, an outlet, a pure mental & physical grind.. I am incredibly proud of his willingness to learn; learn to work, to push himself, to struggle, to overcome, to win, to lose, to never ever give anything less than 100%. And best of all he did this for himself, because he wanted to be better… all the way around. Bentley was awarded the 2019 Top Newcomer Award! While watching him get up to receive his award, I got something in my eye and it started watering a bit, but I could still see the look on his face and knew in his head he was telling himself that he was proud of himself. Wrestling is a special sport and Bentley is a special kid, and I’m thankful for his beautiful mind & soul and this sport. Go Bucs! ????????????‍♂️☺️ #buccaneerwrestlingclub #bennybaby #thingsthatmatter “Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” – Dan Gable

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Maci Bookout Defends Herself After Comments About Son Cutting Weight

And that rubbed people the wrong way. “He weighs like, 74.5, 75 lbs.,” she said at one point during the show. “So now he just is on a very strict, good, healthy calorie diet. Lots of water, and workouts to actually cut weight.” Bentley also revealed that at the time that he was consuming about 1,000 calories.

But after fans started to slam Bookout for putting her son on a diet, she took to Twitter to clarify her actions. And also shared where Bentley is now in his wrestling journey.

“In reference to tonight’s episode-I have never and will never convince Bentley to ‘cut’ weight. After wrestling his first 2 tournaments in the 75lb class weighing in at 72-he came to me & said he wanted to wrestle at 70. I told him that’s fine, but you WILL NOT ‘cut’ weight. I will layout a healthy scheduled diet for u, u can eat salads, grilled chicken, veggies, good carbs-instead of pizza, Doritos & candy bars. Through the season, he decided he didn’t like it-I told him that’s okay! U can go back to usual and wrestle at 75 which is what he did.”

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My statement on Bentley #LinkInBio

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The mom went on to clarify that her brother was a collegiate wrestler and that she was familiar with the healthy ways to cut weight, as well as the toll the sport can take on a person. But that is a fact for most sports.

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