Damian Lillard has a major phobia on his hands, one that’s stopping him from going back to our nation’s capital. The Portland Trail Blazers rookie went to Washington D.C. last week to play the Wizards and re-ignited his biggest fear: statues.
Lillard took to Twitter to reveal the bizarre phobia. “I like DC. I wanna go back and visit the memorials even though I’m scared of statues,” he wrote. “People I’m only scared of historic statues. Abraham Lincoln, MLK, etc. Had a bad experience at the wax museum lmao.”
The 22-year-old guard’s fear stems from an awkward trip to a wax museum two years ago. “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,” 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 [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.”
Although President Lincoln in particular doesn’t sit well with him (for whatever reason) Lillard doesn’t discriminate with which images are too scary to deal with. “If I see statues of Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. — all that stuff kind of gives me a funny feeling.”