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NBAWeird But True

Zach Randolph Has A Crippling Phobia Of Cats, Terrified They Will (*Gasp*) Scratch Him


There is a long tradition of phobias in sports. Damian Lillard is afraid of statues. Eric Berry is terrified of horses. Rabbits and Andy Roddick just don’t mesh well. Now the torch has been passed to Zach Randolph, who told ESPN The Magazine’s Sam Alipour that he’s deeply toubled by a fear of cats.

“Naw, you’re right: You can’t be both a dog lover and a cat lover. 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.”

The technical term for Randolph’s fear of cats is ailurophobia. According to eHow (always reliable), “Historical figures and celebrities who suffered with ailurophobia were Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler.” Not sure what that says about Randolph’s future country-conquering exploits, but he might want to get his household affairs in order before considering expansion.

[ESPN]



  • http://twitter.com/ThePDFGhost The PDF Ghost

    Sounds like a real asshole

  • http://www.facebook.com/doink.phillips.5 Doink Phillips

    Why? Some people don’t like cats. At least he didn’t call someone a nasty name for no reason.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePDFGhost The PDF Ghost

    I bet he’s called someone a name for no reason in his life. And ANOTHER THING! I don’t like his assigning of gender to pets! I will NOT stand idly by and this cretin persecute cats! His unholy crusade ends here. Four million pets are put down per year, and I’m willing to bet Zach Randolph personally puts down over 3 million of those pets. Is it a coincidence that he shares this phobia with Hitler?! A very telling article. I need to meditate on this with my children (cats).


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