He was just trying to excuse himself gracefully through the trap door below because he doesn't really love or support them.
My fiance, Tom, proposed to me this past week in this fantastically romantic and nerdy manner. I've been playing Pokemon since Blue version, and have been frequently called a walking Pokedex. On Wednesday, we took a stroll by the lake at sunset. He asked me to look over his team before he climbed Mt. Silver, and this is the screen I found! (Minus the Rapidash- I caught that on the spot in order to reply). Then he got down on one knee, pulled a Pokeball out of his pocket, and opened it to reveal