Lions guard Larry Warford gives up “mind-control” Pokemon Go

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Larry Warford was enjoying Pokemon Go, right up until the point he realized he was being brainwashed.

According to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions guard said he was enjoying chasing imaginary monsters on the location-based app, until a walk around Tempe Ariz., this offseason began to scare him a little.

“I’ll tell you why I stopped playing it,” Warford said. “I was walking down Mill Avenue in Tempe, Ariz., pretty much on [Arizona State’s] campus. … I was walking down and literally everyone that was on their cell phone walking down that same street was playing Pokemon Go. I was looking at their screens and it was about 30, 40 people walking down Mill [Avenue].

“It was a bunch of people playing it and I was like, ‘I don’t like this.’ I deleted it because I was like, ‘This is some mind-control stuff.’ I don’t like it.”

The app has been downloaded 75 million times (and counting), but after being spooked by hordes of people walking zombie-like through Arizona, Warford has had enough.

“Yeah, it’s popular,” he said. “But I don’t like it. Something’s not right.”

And this may come as a surprise to you, but Lions coach Jim Caldwell is not a fan of the game, either.

“No,” Caldwell said. “I’m certainly not going to get into it in the future, either. I’ve seen all the reports. I have no idea exactly how it works. I haven’t had time to think about that aspect. I’ll leave it up to you.”

Spoken like someone who has either fallen victim to the mind-control, or would rather control Warford’s mind.

18 responses to “Lions guard Larry Warford gives up “mind-control” Pokemon Go

  1. “I’ll tell you why I stopped playing it,” Warford said…
    Ooh, ooh, I already know the answer! Was because you’re over 12? Oh.

  2. “Spoken like someone who has either fallen victim to the mind-control, or would rather control Warford’s mind.”


    No, spoken like someone who
    1) Has a life
    2) Has better things to do
    3) Isnt a sheeple

  3. Oh wow. Hooked on Pokemon. First time caught playing is one game off. The second violation is 4 games. The third violation is a season.

  4. It really is disturbing that so many people are doing this. I read a sci-fi book called Daemon and its sequel years ago with this same type of nonsense in it and how it escalated and can’t believe essentially it’s now a reality.

  5. I was having a hard time getting into exercise until Pokémon Go came out. Now every night after the kids are asleep I go for a run to collect Pokémon, hit the poke stops to collect balls and things, and fight at the local gyms. And of course to help hatch my eggs. I get home and realized I just ran 10k without even noticing. I think I’m going to use Pokémon go to train for my first marathon.

  6. I have not played and am not interested in playing, however I am not going to judge those who do over people who spend all their free time watching TV, checking Facebook, playing Madden, or checking their fantasy football teams.

  7. Obesity and lack of social skills are 2 huge problems in this country. Pokémon Go remotely helps with one of those issues.

  8. I don’t need Pokemon Go to have a good time conversing with people in my community. That’s when I go to Church and enjoy hot August days, just like this one. It’s a waste of time, simple as that. It causes people to break laws like trespassing and the like.

  9. When I do something dumb, I remind myself that there are people out there chasing around Pokemon and I feel better.

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