Dad’s Viral Basketball Game Sign Manages to Both Motivate and Troll His Son

Over the years, parents have resorted to all sorts of “creative” measures while urging their kids to get their grades up — from threatening to take away their cell phones and blocking social media to straight-up bribing them to study. But last Friday, one basketball-loving dad took things to a whole new level when he headed to a Cleveland Cavaliers game with a homemade sign under his arm.

And man, was it hilarious.

“Thomas get your grades back up and next time you’ll be here. Love, Dad,” the sign reads — complete with a crying emoji and the Cavaliers logo.

Needless to say, the Internet has been giving him a thunderous round of applause ever since. The image has gone super viral over the last few days, prompting users everywhere to chime in with support for this dad’s cause.

“Awesome! Good job, Dad!!!! Go Thomas!!!!” wrote one Twitter user, while another said, “What a perfect dad! I love it. They need to learn.”

While this may have been a bit embarrassing for Thomas (wherever he is), we’re willing to bet he’s learned his lesson. And hey, maybe he’s even enjoying his dad’s viral fame.

Whatever the case, the message was clear: Better start racking up those A’s, Thomas, if you want to be sitting court-side with your dad any time soon.

This isn’t the first time a parent has gone viral — and totally mortified their kid — in an effort to teach them a lesson, though. Back in 2013, Utah dad Scott Mackintosh made headlines when he wore incredibly short shorts around town to prove to his daughter how inappropriate hers were. And last year, writer Harmony Hobbs wrote about getting so fed up with her son’s messy room (and lack of respect) that she packed up everything he owned into black garbage bags. There was also the dad of Reddit user DutchBandit, who got so tired of asking his son not to slam his door that he sawed it in half. (Okay, maybe that’s going a bit too far.)

h/t: Today

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