It looks like it took viewers a while to catch on, then they all caught on at once

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One person put it very succinctly: “Wait a damn minute Ricky from Ballers is Denzel Washington‘s son” – followed by a string of emoticons, with eyes full of hearts.

That’s right: Washington’s 31-year-old son, John David Washington, is one of the main characters (named Ricky Jerret) on HBO’s freshman comedy, which wrapped its first season in late August.

But because time has no meaning on the Internet, it looks like it’s taken everyone a little while to catch on as John David has quickly become the talk of Twitter and Instagram this week.

John David, a Morehouse College graduate, has a tailor-made background for the series. He played briefly in the NFL, for the St. Louis Rams in the 2006-07 season, and appeared in Malcolm X, as well as co-producing his dad’s 2010 film “The Book of Eli.

And then of course there are those Washington genes.

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