Righting A Public Relations Blunder

July 6th, 2021

Free to join Bucs.

Somebody at the Navy Department goofed up. Given Joe’s very high regard for the Navy, it’s stunning but at least the Navy (the Pentagon, the White House?) did the right thing.

Lucas Tomlinson of FOX News twittered out today that the Pentagon is scheduled to announce that Bucs cornerback Cameron Kinley, an undrafted free agent signee, will have his commission delayed so he can try to make the Bucs and pursue his football career.

Previously, it was ruled, after Kinley was at Bucs rookie minicamp, that Kinley must first serve his commission before trying to continue his stay with the Bucs.

It was a dumbass stunt in Joe’s eyes to begin with, that the Navy denied Kinley’s commission delay (assignment for all midshipmen who graduate from Annapolis). Other midshipmen athletes have had theirs delayed.

It’s a good public relations image to show midshipmen (and cadets from West Point) they can pursue their sports careers and then later fulfill their Navy obligation.

It’s not like we are at war and Kinley’s services are urgently needed elsewhere.

Joe knows Florida Senator Marco Rubio intervened and wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging Kinley’s commission be delayed so he could try out for the Bucs. Joe isn’t sure if Rubio’s influence was any factor. Perhaps we will learn more from the expected statement from the Pentagon?

So, it appears Kinley will report with the Bucs like other rookies.

Anchors aweigh!

33 Responses to “Righting A Public Relations Blunder”

  1. Lets Roll Says:

    God’s Plan… Amen.

    Love the character of this team. Most of them praise Jesus. How refreshing!

  2. westernbuc Says:

    I think Florio pointed out there’s no reason for an athlete to go to a military school if they followed through with this. And I’m certain the Pentagon will never be honest about why they made the decision in the first place

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    Great to hear this young man will at least get an opportunity to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. It made zero sense to me that he was blocked by the Navy from the NFL when everyone else in a similar situation was allowed to play football and delayed their service.

    I will be cheering for this guy to at least make the practice squad.

  4. Mort Says:

    Let’s Roll: Not gods plan. It’s the defense secretary’s plan. People make decisions and take actions human beings.

  5. danr Says:

    [There is no reason to go there because it is BS and you damn well know what will happen to these comments with this angle. Not here. Not today, sorry. — Joe]

  6. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Mort- he was quoting what Kinley himself said. If Kinley believes that, what’s it to you?

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Nice, now we don’t have to lose sleep over the 7th CB on the depth chart. What should we worry about next, that the backup kicker might have jury duty, and how unfair it is?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I respect everyone’s religious or non-religious stances. I personally think it’s bad form (same basket as the grammar police) to bring it up on a website centered around a football team. I’m more in line with Mort’s reasoning.

  9. Medicated Pete Says:

    Memo to all NFL teams: if he’s not good enough to make your roster, keep this guy on a practice squad for the next 20yrs

  10. mark2001 Says:

    I heard he also directly wrote the President personally. Glad to hear the kid will likely have a chance to try to achieve his football dream and serve his country.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Of course Biden did exactly what Rubio wanted…..as always.

  12. Crickett Baker Says:

    Yeah, Mark, he did write the Pres. I am also in tune with Anonymous comments. The main good thing I got from this all, tho, was that Kinley never gave up in face of adversity. He just might make the team! He called everyone and wrote letters and spoke publically, and did just about anything he could to win. Bodes well if he makes the team. [What this has to do with Kinley much less football is lost on Joe. Sorry. Joe is trying to keep this thread from flaming, but already it seems he’s fighting a losing battle. — Joe.] 🙂

  13. mark2001 Says:

    TBBF…sure he did… you know the mutual respect and kindness that the Pres. and Rubio likely have shown for each other….. LOL.

  14. SB Says:

    Godlovesbucs Says:
    July 6th, 2021 at 2:08 pm
    Mort- he was quoting what Kinley himself said. If Kinley believes that, what’s it to you?


    Amen brother. Sad when people can’t let others believe and that their views need correcting.

  15. mark2001 Says:

    SB… I think many would be surprised to find out how many Bucs players believe that God had a hand in has a hand in their careers and their lives. And if that is what they believe, why would anyone have a problem with it? Glad for the kid… and for the Bucs.

  16. Show Me the TDs Says:

    He went outside the chain of command. He made it all about himself. He raised his right hand and made a commitment to this country, the Navy, and his fellow citizens. Darn glad I’m retired and will never see his like as my CO.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    mark2001 Says:
    July 6th, 2021 at 2:49 pm
    TBBF…sure he did… you know the mutual respect and kindness that the Pres. and Rubio likely have shown for each other….. LOL.

    Actually Biden doesn’t have a clue who Rubio is……but Joe is always kind to strangers.

  18. Beeej Says:

    Well, if he makes the team, he can afford to repay the money they spent on his education

  19. Joe Says:

    Well, if he makes the team, he can afford to repay the money they spent on his education

    It’s not like he’s bailing on the Navy. The keyword in all of this is “delayed.” Besides, he’s worth more to the Navy as a public relations figure than he is toiling in some anonymous job in Saratoga Springs or San Diego.

  20. JROO Says:

    I agree with Mort and Anonymous about Let’s Roll. I can’t stand it when people wear their religion on their sleeve. I respect the crap out of everyone’s right to worship in any way they see fit. But keep that ‘ish to yourself. I don’t want it all mixed up in my sports. If there were a god, and he / she were worth a sh*t, they most certainly wouldn’t care about who wins a football game. It’s bad enough every player has to throw in the tired-ass cliche “first and foremoest, I’d just like to thank god” but now I gotta’ listen to fans talk about how their almighty savior is actively involved in every little thing that goes right in the world. What about all the bad sh*t? [C’mon, why be ridiculous? — Joe]

  21. danr Says:

    Interesting that this guy was deemed to be less up front value as a public relations figure than Rhatigan, Laufenberg, or Silvanic. Some reason those guys were an easier calculation for those branches as a PR figure.

    It seems for some reason the Navy didnt see the apparent value for their recruit as PR at first.

    Glad they have been shown the error of their ways and are letting the guy have a chance.

  22. Mike Says:

    So very happy to see this kid get his shot! Great move by the Sec Def to step in and get this situation corrected.

  23. Duane Says:

    Glad this kid gets his chance. Once in a lifetime opportunity. Is it crazy that I actually look forward to watching these young Bucs on special teams?

  24. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    Getting ready to watch “The Match” and Aaron diva Rodgers just said he was writing in his dream journal 😳 Had no idea he had so much in common with my 14 year old daughter 🤣

  25. Colin in Canada Says:

    CB 5 and 6 (if they keep 6) should be wide open. He has a great opportunity to make the team.

  26. Buczilla Says:

    Politicians doing the right thing?!? The sun would be a little brighter today if a hurricane (stay safe y’all) wasn’t headed our way.

    Awesome news for this kid and he deserves his shot.

  27. All lives matter Says:

    May God be with Naval Academy class president Cameron Kinley.

  28. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I knew someone with their panties in a knot would come on here bitching about this decision. He will still honor his commitment. Get over yourself.

  29. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    What does football have anything to do with Christianity? God doesn’t care about football, only people to repent, to walk a holy life and receive salvation. Too many people inject God into their conversations to make them look holier to some when they don’t even worship. There’s no glory to God when when He’s being called upon for self righteous reasons. The only reason why this young man deserves a chance is because others have been allowed to defer just like he’s asking not to get out of his obligation, because he couldn’t even if he wanted to. He doesn’t make it who has he hurt, our great nation???To those who served in the armed forces who think they’re better than him please, your service don’t give you the right to judge him, he hasn’t even enlisted yet but he will. Get off yer high horse.

  30. geno711 Says:

    Marine Buc Says:
    July 6th, 2021 at 1:55 pm
    Mort Says:
    July 6th, 2021 at 1:59 pm
    DavidBigBucFan99 Says:
    July 6th, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Appreciate these comments.

  31. Buc50 Says:

    At the beginning of 2008, gallon of gas was $3.08 and at the beginning of 2009 it was $1.81. Can you guess what happened in 2008? You guessed it, the great recession. Production does affect gas prices but world economy and the Oil Cartel OPEC have a huge impact. You can spare me the oil independence crap too, Oil is a global commodity sold on the open market.

  32. SB Says:

    JROO Says:

    But keep that ‘ish to yourself. I don’t want it all mixed up in my sports.


    Mother F’r I killed people so that people in this country had a right to say whatever they want.
    It is called the first amendment in case you are too stupid to know about it.
    People have a right to say whatever they want in this country.
    Even stupid stances like yours. I fought for that too.

  33. Godlovesbucs Says:

    To be clear, I don’t think God really cares about who wins a game. This young man appears to believe that the God he worships has him in Tampa Bay for a reason. I do believe that God puts people in places for His will. I understand that others don’t believe that or in Him at all. That is your choice, just as it is mine and others to believe what we do. For someone to be told to be quiet about what they believe is quite simply messed up, on both sides. Freedom of speech doesn’t only pertain if they are saying something you agree with.