College basketball player Josh Thompson can go home for Thanksgiving, after all.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., risked a tough welcome home had he not successfully completed a daring dunk that placed his mom at risk of a crushing blow.
Thompson wanted to do something that would make him stand apart from other competitors in the dunk contest held during Wagner’s Midnight Madness basketball event last Friday night.
So he turned to the woman who brought him into the world, lining his mom up in front of the basket, with her back facing him.
As the crowd, not to mention his mom, held their breath, Thompson jumped over his mom on his way to successfully completing a slam dunk.
Though a happy ending, Thompson’s daring dunk wasn’t entirely smooth soaring. He just barely cleared his mom’s head on the way up to the net.
But, ball in net, son on ground and mom with no visible bruises or injuries, all walked away happy.
To be more precise, son walked away looking relieved, and mom walked away looking a bit shell-shocked.