Yahoo – After only a few short months of play, Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillardlooks capable beyond his years. However, Lillard has a lot of growing up to do. Like, say, not being afraid of “historic statues.” From two tweets on his Twitter account (via TBJ): “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” Later, Lillard explained his fear to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt. He has trouble pinpointing the exact time he fretted seeing statues and monuments but 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’ve 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. ”It’s the idea that they’re from so far back, and so big in our history. Just to see something that looks so close to them, it’s weird. It freaks me out.” Driving through D.C. Tuesday night with monuments lit up, “was crazy. All I could think of was Abraham Lincoln getting killed,” Lillard said.
Move over, Eric Berry! Fear of horses is old hat. Being afraid of historical statues is what’s hot in the streets these days. Wax statues of Oprah. Jesus statues in cemeteries. The Lincoln Monument. Nobody wants to be around creepy sculptures of dead people and shit. I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t think I’d want to be around a wax statue of Malcolm X either. That would probably scare me. But thats because I’m a closet racist and I’d be downright convinced my guilt or karma would come back to bite me somehow if I was in the same room as a dude in the Black Panthers by the name of Shabazz. I also don’t like religious statues. You ever really look at the crucifix hanging in church? What the fuck are we doing hanging 50 foot statues of a dude dying on a cross? The Stations of the Cross? Completely ruthless. All the steps of a dude being executed in front of his family and friends and shit. Those don’t exactly make me feel warm and fuzzy. Shit is wacky.
I ain’t gonna freak out if I walk into Madame Tussauds like Damian Lillard would. I’m just saying before you call him crazy, think about how weird some statues are out there.