Rookie Cameron Kinley is signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent after the 2021 NFL Draft, but he will not be able to wear the Super Bowl champions defense kit. after the United States Naval Academy refused his request to delay the service.
Kinley, a Navy captain and class president. Participate in Buccaneers rookie minicamp with school permission. On Monday afternoon, Kinley released a statement about the ongoing situation.
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“I was fully aware of my commitment to service when I first arrived at the US Naval Academy,” Kinley wrote. “I look forward to my career as a naval officer in the information warfare community. However, I deserve it. Another opportunity to live up to one of my long-standing dreams before meeting the terms of service.”
in his statement Kinley emphasized a policy backed by former President Donald Trump, known as “Order Type Memorandum – Military Academy Graduates Seeking To Engage In Professional Sports” and allows academy graduates to pursue professional sports opportunities. This policy first came into effect in 2019.
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Kinley talks about other players. Those who benefited from the policy included Malcolm Perry of the Miami Dolphins and Elijah Riley of the Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, to the Navy and Army. Kinley said, “It confused me as to why I was the only one being denied the opportunity.”
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“It took me a week to process my emotions. As it is very difficult to approach a childhood dream and be taken from me,” Kinley wrote, “I hope this situation resolves soon. And I can go back and compete in the field and represent the United States Navy.”
Kinley was not authorized to appeal the Divine Sports and Entertainment ruling. said in a statement