When a player the Buccaneers signed as an undrafted free agent, this is not what they had expected.
U.S. Naval Academy graduate Cameron Kinley signed with the Buccaneers as a defensive back. The Department of Defense, however, has decided not to allow Kinley the chance to play ball. They denied the request to delay his commission, which would give the chance to play in the NFL. Other players have been allowed to do so in the past.
Kinley’s representatives from Divine Sports & Entertainment said there was no explanation for the denial by the U.S. Navy, nor is Kinley allowed to appeal the decision.
Cameron Kinley posted a statement to Twitter. He did point out that he looks forward to his “career as a naval officer in the information warfare community”.
My personal statement regarding the Navy's denial of my request to delay my service: pic.twitter.com/AsNLEPdF1Z— Cameron Kinley (@ck3thethrill) June 7, 2021
According to the statement from Kinley, four of his counterparts, Jon Rhattigan of the Seattle Seahawks, Nolan Laufenberg of the Denver Broncos, George Silvanic of the L.A. Rams and Parker Ferguson of the New York Jets, were each permitted to delay their commissions.
In a statement from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a spokesperson wrote:
We appreciate and support the United States Naval Academy’s position with regards to Cameron’s fulfillment of his post-graduate service commitment and remain hopeful that he will one day have an opportunity to also fulfill his dreams of playing professional football.
[Source: News Channel 8]