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

Pokemon Go Craze Hits New York City

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Children play Pokemon Go in Central Park as Pokemon Go craze hits New York City on July 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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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.