Former Navy football player speaks out about being denied to delay commission

Cameron Kinley discusses the U.S. Navy’s decision to deny his request to delay his military service to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
4:26 | 06/11/21

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Our Next guest was commissioned after four years at the united States naval academy where he played football. He served as class president and made headlines this week when he revealed that after signing with the Tampa bay buccaneers, his request to delay his commission was denied by the Navy prohibiting him from playing professional football. Joining us is Cameron kinly and Ryan William Jenkins, a former marine. Gentlemen, thank you for being with us. Cameron, when did you first find out or when you first heard that the commission had denied your request to delay? So I found out on may 25th, three days before graduation. I had just flown back into annapolis for commissioning week and I was informed that the secretary of the Navy declind my package to play in the NFL. And what was your reaction? I was speechless. You know, I just thought about all of the hard work that I put in to get to that point, all the adversity I had to overcome and for that to be taken aso quickly, my life changed in a matter of minutes. It was a lot to take in for sure. We reached out to the Navy for comment. A spokesperson for the acting secretary of the Navy gave us this statement. I'm going to read it for you. When students accept admission and continue education in this program, there is an understanding an acknowledgement they will upon graduation be commissioned. Every mid shipman attends on the same terms and each has the same responsibility to serve. Exceptions to that commitment to serve have been rightfully rare. Ryan, what is your response to that statement from the Navy? Yeah, being a naval academy graduate myself and a former football player. I understand it. But I really believe that equality is not being used in this situation. Cameron is an exceptional student athlete and exceptional team captain, class president, and he's had the opportunity to do some great things. They tl are other students that had an opportunity to play in the NFL. What we're really asking for is the secretary to make a fair and equitable decision on behalf of Cameron Kinley because he's been a great representative for the Navy. I think he'll continue to do that. That statement is very important and it matters in areas of commitment. But I don't think he's getting out of his commitment. In figure, he wants to be the representative for the Navy and that's what we're looking for. And he reference there have been other players who have been able to delay their military commitments. John rat began from the Seahawks, a player for the Denver broncos and a player for the ram. So that said cameron,hy do you think your request has been unsuccessful? I kind of think that's whoa we're trying to figure out. I talked to the other guys to see where they are in the the I hope they continue to be able to live out their childhood I just wish I could do the same, you know, play in the NFL and be able to represent the naval academy, the Navy and arms forces at that level. And then serve my commitment when my career in the NFL is finished. So I'm wondering the same thing. What went wrong with my but I understand his decision. And Cameron, I want to end by just having you tell us and our viewers why you zuded to join the Navy in the first place. And what it means to you. What the service means to you. My grandfather is a retired chief Navy. He did 20 years. I always heard about his experiences and the opportunities that the Navy provided for him. In sixth grade, we had a speech competition and my speech topic was actually about Navy athletes and what makes them unique. I always had that interest to serve and to attend the naval academy. It's a unique place. But it came down to the naval academy being the total package and having the opportunity to guf back and serve my country and grow as a man and grow as a leader which is going to make me a better husband, father in the so it is an opportunity that I can see myself passing up on. We're going to continue to follow your case and your fight. We appreciate your time explaining to us where you are right now and where you hope to bring this home. Cameron Kinley, Ryan Williams Jenkins, thank you both. We appreciate you being on the show. Thank you. Thank you for having us.

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