Pokemon Go took the world by storm this summer, and the Detroit Lions were no exception.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has already stated his displeasure with teammates playing the uber-popular app, and one of his offensive lineman is very much on his side, albeit for a different reason.
Right guard Larry Warford is adamant that the game is a form of mind control.
Warford started off like many and downloaded the app, before becoming frightened of its popularity and potential mass influence, telling Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press,
“I’ll tell you why I stopped playing it,” he said Monday. “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.”
Warford was on his way to a restaurant, where he deleted the app, but the kicker is, the people Warford was eating with were playing the game.
The app has been downloaded an estimated 75 million times according to analytics from SensorTower, but don’t count Stafford, Warford, or Lions coach Jim Caldwell among those trying to become the next great Pokemaster.
“I’m certainly not going to get into it in the future, either,” CaldwelL SAID
While Pokemon Go (probably) isn’t going to control your mind like “Chinpokomon” does in a spoof episode of South Park, it’s good to hear that some in the organization are focusing solely on football and striving to be the very best like no one ever was… on the field.