As we’ve said many, many times over the past few years, Ryan Edwards is making a strong case for himself as the worst baby daddy in the history of the Teen Mom franchise.
David Eason might have him beat in the abuse department, but Edwards’ bullying of son Bentley was pretty appalling to watch.
And when it comes to neglect, no one can hold a candle to our guy Ryan.
For a long time, Ryan wasn’t allowed to see Bentley, and he didn’t seem terribly bothered by that fact.
Now that Ryan has been offered an opportunity to re-enter his son’s life, he seems shockingly indifferent about the situation.
And to make matters worse, the man is surrounded by enablers.
Ryan’s parents and his wife, Mackenzie Standifer, have all convinced him that he can do now wrong, and that it’s Maci, not Ryan, who’s creating an unstable environment for Bentley.
This has resulted in a complete breakdown in communication between the boy’s parents, and the situation seems to be getting more grim by the day.
Keep scrolling for a complete breakdown of Edwards’ latest idiocy.
Father and Child Reunion
Ryan Edwards has been offered an opportunity that he doesn’t really deserve. He’s been given a second chance to form a meaningful relationship with his 12-year-old son Bentley.
A Rocky Relationship
Will Ryan and Bentley finally be able to interact in a healthy, meaningful way?
The Bigger Person
Well, Ryan might not be capable, but Bentley certainly seems willing to put in the work.
A Difficult Decision
Bentley previously decided that he wanted to cut off all contact with his father.
Tough But Fair
That might sound unnecessarily harsh, but it’s what the circumstances called for.
The More Things Change …
Even with his heroin addiction and his brushes with the law seemingly behind him, Ryan’s treatment of Bentley remained repugnant.
Hey, It’s a Party, Right?
Last year, on a shocking episode of Teen Mom OG, Ryan showed up to Bentley’s birthday party late, and seemingly very intoxicated.
Ryan’s Idea of a Good Time
Shortly thereafter, he brutally bullied his son during what was supposed to be a fun family golf outing.
Now, Bentley has offered Ryan a path for re-entering his life. But it remains to be seen if the father of three will actually take it.
A Mature Proposal
Bentley told Maci that he would be willing to see Ryan again if the two of them could attend therapy sessions in order to work on their relationship.
Not surprisingly, Edwards had no interest in taking this important step with his son.
Despite this stubbornness on Ryan’s part, on a recent episode of Teen Mom OG, Bentley accepted an invitation to a party at which his dad would be present.
Moves Like Jagger
“Bentley hasn’t seen his dad in a long time, and he’s made boundaries to keep his distance until they go to therapy together,” Maci explained in a voice-over, just before his grandmother invited him to a birthday party for Ryan’s son Jagger.
“So I’m not sure if he’s going to want to go to Jagger’s birthday,” Maci added.
Ryan’s mother, Jen Edwards, extended the invitation to Bentley and informed him that the party would be at her house.
A Step In the Right Direction?
After cautiously inquiring as to who will be there, Bentley hesitantly accepted his grandmother’s invitation. And Maci seemed pleased by this development.
Words of Wisdom
“It’s your brother,” she told Bentley. “Don’t let all of us adults screw it up for all you children.”
A New Start
After months of estrangement, it looked as though Ryan and Bentley might be on the verge of reconciliation.
On the Outs
“I couldn’t tell you the last time the words ‘I want to see my dad’ came out of his mouth,” Maci recently told MTV producers when asked about the situation.
Unfortunately, the attempted reconciliation got off to a rocky start thanks to Maci’s realization that Jen wasn’t completely honest about the details of the party.
“I got my parties mixed up. The party on the 9th is at Ryan’s and Macks, Sunday 11th is for the people who don’t want to film,” Jen texted Maci later in the episode.
“He was willing to do it for his brother’s birthday, in the most safe environment if he had to be around them, but can he really enjoy it in a physical place that gives him anxiety?” she asked her husband.
“This is a lose lose situation. Now he has agreed to go. He is going to feel he can’t back out, that is going back on something he said he will do and he doesn’t like it when people do that to him,” Maci ranted.
We Wish That Too
“I wish I had less self control so I could lose my damn mind and go crazy Maci,” she concluded.
It’s currently unclear if Bentley will continue to give his dad another chance. Hopefully, the kid will consider his dad’s recent behavior before he makes a decision.
Always the Worst
Ryan has been neglecting his son and antagonizing Maci in recent weeks, and his wife and parents are fully supporting it.
At a recent taping for this year’s Teen Mom OG reunion show, Ryan and Maci refused to take the stage with Maci and her husband, Taylor McKinney.
Hating By Proxy
This led to a situation in which Ryan’s parents took the stage to trash-talk Maci on his behalf.
We Wish We’d Been There
Witnesses say Larry and Taylor nearly came to blows. In an exclusive statement to The Hollywood Gossip, Taylor neither confirmed or denied this allegation, but stated that he’ll do what needs to be done in order to “protect [his] wife and family,”
The situation took another turn for the worse when Standifer referred to Bookout as “a petty b-tch” on a recent episode of TMOG. It was the second time Mackenzie had used this insult.
“I’d rather be a petty bitch than a stupid one. #allday,” Bookout tweeted as the episode aired.
Asked by a fan if Mackenzie has anything in her arsenal other than the one insult, Maci replied, “That would take a sense of humor, more education, and actual facts to speak about. So… No she doesn’t.”
Hold the Phone
From there, Maci argued that it’s Ryan’s fault that he never gets to see his son. “When that girl [Mackenzie] says ‘if it has any effect on you seeing B’ & then he says ‘she does that all the time’ I’m like hold the damn phone,” she tweeted. “Do I have control over his bio dad showing up to 5 out of the 100 school/sport events Benny has? & why does he never call/text B?”
Taking It to the Ring
At that point, Maci shocked fans by revealing that she would happily step into a boxing ring with Mackenzie, provided the match was “for charity.”:
At the End of Her ROpe
“After last night’s #TeenMomOG, I am done holding back,” Maci concluded. “The fuse is coming to it’s [sic] end.” We’re not totally sure what Maci means by that, but one thing is certain — we wouldn’t want to be Mackenzie right now!