15 Irrational, Yet Hilarious Things Athletes Are Scared Of
Athletes are some of the most idolized people in society. They are heroes to most. They do things that most people can’t or are scared to do. They display their talents in front of thousands of people on the regular. Before and after games they show that they have no fear of public speaking by conducting multiple interviews and press conferences. Those things are common fears that people have and athletes do on a daily basis. However, that doesn’t mean they are completely fearless. Some athletes have the most irrational fears you could think of. Here are some athletes who are scared of some of the weirdest things.
Michael Cuddyer: Bees/Wasps Michael Cuddyer currently plays for the New York Mets as and outfielder. That’s a pretty dangerous position considering what he is scared of. Cuddyer is terrified of bees and wasps. At any time a bee or wasp can fly on to the field and scare the crap out of him. According to an interview he gave to AthlonSports.com, when Cuddyer was 16, he tried to open up his family’s mailbox and was attacked by a swarm of wasps which had secretly built a nest beneath the box. The Rockies outfielder ended up getting stung in the face and head 10 or more times.
Serena Williams: The Dark As a Friday the 13th promotion, Disneyland Resort in California conducted a survey in 2006 asking celebrities about their biggest fears. Serene Williams was included in the celebrities that took the survey. Serena revealed that she was still sccared of the dark. That is unusual for grown adults to be scared of the dark. It safe to say that there are night lights all over Serena’s house.
Josh Freeman: Elevators Josh Freeman is the quarter for the Miami Dolphins and he is afraid of elevators. He does not see them as quick and convenient ways to get to different levels in a building, but as steel death traps. Freeman developed a fear of getting stuck in an elevator after his sister was first stuck in one. His fears became real one day when he went to visit the dentist and found himself stranded between floors. “It was only like five minutes, but it felt like forever,” Freeman said.
Cam Newton: Baseballs Cam Newton is a quarterback in the NFL and one of the highest paid ones I might add. He doesn’t mind huge 300 plus men attacking him every moment he’s on the field, but Cam Newton couldn’t deal with baseballs flying fast in his direction. Newton was conducting an interview with ESPN when he explained that he quit playing baseball at the age of 14 because he was afraid of pitches. Getting hit by a 95 mph fastball would be awful. Getting hit by a 300-pound defensive end doesn’t feel pleasant either.
Kobe Bryant: Dog Turds Kobe is seen as a super hero to most. He is clutch in tight game situations, but you might see a different Kobe at a dog park. Kobe hates dog turds. He refuses to pick up his own dogs droppings. He revealed this little tick he has in 2009 in an interview. It all began early in his NBA career, when he went to a park and stepped into a “huge pile of dog (bleep)” wearing brand new Jordan sneakers.
David Beckham: Disorder David Beckham is one of the greatest soccer played to kick a ball. His greatness on the field may be a by product of his demand of order and structure off the field. The English soccer star is afflicted with a form of OCD, which requires him to have everything perfect in his home and on the road. Beckham’s fear of things being unorganized forces him to go as far as rearranging the soda cans in his fridge and hiding brochures in his hotel rooms before he can relax.
Adrian Beltre: Having His Head Touched Adrian Beltre does not like having anyone feel or touch his head. Buddhist get very offended when someone touches their head. Beltre is not a Buddhist, but he gets very angry when you touch his head. He’ll try to throw equipment at you for pulling such a stunt. I don’t know why he fears people touching his head. Unfortunately for Beltre, his hilarious tantrums only provoke more teammates to join in the tormenting.
Rebecca Adlington: The Sea Rebecca Adlington is a two-time Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer. Rebecca isn’t afraid of competition, but she is afraid of the sea. It’s weird for a swimmer to be scared of a big body of water, but it is deep than that. What really gets her heart racing is the thought of any and all forms of potentially dangerous sea creatures. Adlington has admitted that she has never been in the ocean, and that the only way she would ever swim in it would be if she were invisible and undetectable from the horrors under the sea.
Michael Phelps: Water Michael Phelps is another Olympic swimmer who has one a record amount of gold medals in the sport. It is hard to believe that Phelps was once scared of the water that he now makes a living in. Phelps used to be terrified to put his face under water. Lucky for him and the USA swim team he over came this fear in a major way. According to Phelps, it took him years to get past his fear of submerging his head while swimming.
Rafeal Nadal: Everything It must be a horrible feeling to be scared of almost everything that is in this world. Tennis star Rafeal Nadal seems to deal with it the best way he knows how. The tennis pro has OCD, which manifests itself in multiple ways. Some of his fears include dogs, storms, motor bikes, spiders and sleeping in the dark, among other things. Dogs and spiders are acceptable fears but motor bikes, thunder storms and the dark seem to be a little extreme.
Eric Berry: Horses Eric Berry is a safety for the Kansas City Chiefs and he has equinophobia. That is a fear of horses and other animals that resemble a horse. That must suck considering the mascot for the team he plays for is a real live horse, named Warpaint. The good news is, he’s trying to overcome it. NFL Films tried to help Berry work through his fear, exposing him to horse pictures and horse hand puppets. He eventually mustered up the courage to pet Warpaint.
Damian Lillard: Statues Damian Lillard is a 6’3″ point guard for the Portland Trailblazers. You will never catch Damian Lillard at the Lincoln Memorial, because “historic statues” scare the hell out of him. It’s a weird phobia to be scared of something that can’t move, but it is a real thing called automatonophobia. According to Lillard, his fear is rooted in a “bad experience at a wax museum.” As a kid field trips must have sucked for him.
Andy Roddick: Rabbits Andy Roddick is a formidable tennis player. He was formerly ranked the number one professional tennis player in the world. A furious athlete , Andy Roddick is terrified of rabbits, they Easter Bunny to be more specific. His fear of the Easter Bunny was made public in 2002 when Roddick was attending an Easter Sunday brunch in when he came face-to-face with a person in an Easter Bunny costume. Terrified, Roddick repeatedly asked the hotel staff to make sure the mascot got no where near him. He spent his entire brunch acting uncomfortable.
Zach Randolph: Cats Zach Randolph plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. He is 6’9″ and weighs 260 pounds. The average cat is 1’6″ and weighs 8.6 pounds. Even though the size difference is great, Randolph still is scared of cats. The Memphis Grizzlies forward explained his fear to Sam Alipour of ESPN The Magazine. “I’ve got a crazy phobia about cats. For some reason, I’m always thinking they’re going to scratch me. If a cat walks up, I’m going, ‘Oh no, this dude about to scratch me — I know it!’ Cats scare the hell out of me. I love animals, but I’m no cat lover. Guys usually aren’t.” Though guys generally prefer dogs over cats, Zach Randolph is the only man I know that is scared of them.
Justin Jackson: Mayonnaise Mayonnaise is one of the most common condiments that is used to make a sandwich. Some people don’t like the taste, but not too many people have a fear of it. Justin Jackson plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and is scared of mayonnaise. He revealed that “if it got on me [I’d] squeal like a child who broke their toy.” Justin would be the target of so many pranks.