Pentagon says Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie can attend training camp

May 14, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner back Cameron Kinley (26) practices during rookie mini-camp at AdventHealth Training Center Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has granted permission for Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie cornerback Cameron Kinley to attend training camp, the player’s agents announced Tuesday.

The 2021 Naval Academy graduate’s initial request to delay his military service was denied on June 7, prompting U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and others to appeal to President Joe Biden and other officials in Washington on Kinley’s behalf.

“I am extremely appreciative of Secretary Austin’s decision and I am excited to represent our fine military in the National Football League,” Kinley said in a statement released by his agents at Divine Sports and Entertainment. “This past month has been very challenging and I am thankful for everyone who has supported me in any way.”

Kinley was a starter at cornerback and the Naval Academy class president in his senior season. He was not selected in the 2021 NFL Draft and signed a free-agent contract with the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.

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