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Cameron Kinley at a 2019 home game in Annnapolis. Photo: Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A Navy football star who was set to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is no longer allowed to join, per The Capital's Bill Wagner.

The backdrop: Cameron Kinley signed with Tampa Bay on May 1, as a Trump-era policy enabled service academy graduates to pursue professional sports.

  • That policy was reversed by President Biden's new Secretary of the Navy, Thomas W. Harker.
  • Kinley’s request to delay his commission was denied three days before graduation, and his agent said the Navy will not allow Kinley to appeal the decision.

Point of intrigue: Wagner points out that three other recent service academy graduates are being allowed to join the NFL, all signing as free agents.

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