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Blazers’ Damian Lillard is scared of statues — and the most terrifying are Abraham Lincoln and Oprah

Nov 29, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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It was Tuesday, the day before the Portland Trail Blazers were to play the host Wizards. Blazers’ rookie Damian Lillard spent the day driving around Washington D.C. — which is probably not a smart thing to do if you’re afraid of statues.

Yes indeed: Lillard sees stiff people.

Lillard tweets:

“I like DC. I wana come back and visit the memorials even though I’m scared of statues”

“People I’m only scared of historic statues. Abraham Lincoln , MLK, etc. Had a bad experience at the wax museum lmao.”

Yes this is actually a thing. If you’re afraid of a common statue, like that Civil War general in the town square, that’s just called statue phobia. But if you break out in a cold sweat at the sight of a ventriloquist’s dummy, a wax figure or those animatronic figures is the Disneyland Hall of Presidents (“Martin van Buren is going to KILL us!”), then that’s automatononphobia.

Lillard on Wednesday to USA Today:

“I’ve always been scared of historic stuff like that. If I see statues of Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. — all that stuff kind of gives me a funny feeling,” Lillard said.

He said the uneasy feeling was palpable during a visit to a wax museum two summers ago before his senior season at Weber State.

“The last room was Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln — all these big-time historic people, and it looked just like them. Same size,” he said. “They had music playing in the room to set the mood, and it just threw me off.”

“Ever since then, I’m done. Even at Lake Oswego (near Portland), I drive past the cemetery, and there’s a statue of Jesus with his hands up. That even scared me. I don’t mess with statues no more.”

Wait until he gets a look at Warriors center Andrew Bogut.

  1. skids003 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Looking at some of the ones that scared him, I can understand.