Navy denies Tampa Bay rookie’s request to delay service for NFL profession

The U.S. Navy is placing Cameron Kinley’s NFL profession on maintain.

Kinley, who signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent, had his software to delay his service denied. Consequently, he is set to fee into the Navy as an ensign and won’t be able to play for Tampa Bay till he finishes his service.

Within the aftermath of this choice, Kinley launched an announcement on his private Twitter account that detailed his ideas and emotions concerning the matter. He additionally prompted a query about why his request was denied whereas different gamers from navy faculties are allowed to play within the NFL.

Presently, I’ve 4 different counterparts who haven’t been denied the chance to take part within the NFL: Jon Rhattigan (West Level/Seahawks), Nolan Laufenberg (Air Drive/Broncos), George Silvanic (Air Drive/Rams), and Parker Ferguson (Air Drive/Jets). Whereas I acknowledge that these males are from completely different branches of the armed companies, it puzzles me as to why I’m the one particular person to be denied this chance.


I’m very conscious of the dedication that I made to service after I first arrivated at the USA Naval Academy. I sit up for my profession as a naval officer within the data warfare group. Nevertheless, I’m deserving of the chance to reside out one other one in every of my life-long desires earlier than fulfilling my service requirement. 

Definitely, it is odd that Kinley’s necessities would not be waived whereas different service members had been granted the appropriate to play. As Kinley talked about, it may should do with an elevated want for naval officers, however he wasn’t supplied with a proof for the denial of his request.

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And as Divine Sports activities and Leisure co-founder Ryan Williams-Jenkins mentioned in an announcement to ESPN, it has been frequent for members of the armed companies to have their necessities waived to play.

“As a Naval Academy graduate, soccer participant, and adorned fight veteran I perceive Cameron’s dedication,” Williams-Jenkins mentioned. “I additionally perceive there are methods he can fulfill his dedication whereas representing the Navy and enjoying skilled sports activities. I performed with three-time Tremendous Bowl Champion Joe Cardona, who nonetheless serves our nation as a Navy reservist. If there’s a directive and precedent permitting different service academy athletes to pursue this chance, what makes Cameron completely different? It is very important observe that this might have a long-term influence on his psychological well being going ahead. He needs to satisfy each of his childhood desires, enjoying within the NFL and honorably serving his nation.”

And the three present Navy gamers within the NFL, Malcolm Perry, Cardona and Paul Quessenberry, are good examples of this. Solely one in every of them, Quessenberry, needed to serve straight away. The opposite two have both but to finish their companies (Perry, who was drafted in 2020) or accomplished their service whereas enjoying within the NFL (Cardona, who was drafted in 2015 and nonetheless serves).

Both approach, Kinley hopes the choice might be overturned so he can proceed to compete with the Buccaneers. But when issues keep the way in which they’re, the undrafted rookie will not have the ability to battle for a roster spot with the Tremendous Bowl champions.

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