Larry Warford stood on the edge of the Pokemon abyss, but he has pulled himself back and is now letting everyone know about the dangers of the popular new augmented reality game.
Warford was playing the game this off-season when it was released and found himself near the campus of Arizona State University, and when the offensive lineman looked up he saw he had become part of a screen-gazing mob of players, and realized there may be something insidious about the addictive game, he told the Detroit Free Press.
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.”
While the 25-year-old may have sworn off Pokemon Go, it seems the rest of the league is embracing the smartphone-based chase, with the Jaguars recently opening up their stadium to those hunting Charmanders and the like.