Ben Maller: “I am not surprised that the Navy big shots caved because of the world that we are in today in the court of public opinion. For all of those aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines that are representing the United States Navy, the military is cowering off bad publicity on social media. It’s fascinating that that kind of military power is worried about algorithms. I’m going to tip my cap to Cameron Kinley. He beat the United States Navy at their own game. He orchestrated through his agency a carefully crafted grassroots movement to strong-arm a branch of the United States military to cave to his demands. It was very impressive that he was able to pull this off. Kinley drew the roadmap on how to cast a spell on the folks over at the Pentagon… Lloyd Austin, the US Defense Secretary made a mistake. When you say you’re going to do something, you do it. You don’t sign with the service academies to become a professional athlete. He signed on the contract with the military there and you gotta serve the time when you sign, and for him it was at least five years upon graduation. It’s not like this was a surprise. ‘Honor, Courage, COMMITMENT’ is still one of the Navy’s slogans. You bend the rules for one, you end up bending the rules for everybody.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Ben Maller explain why he doesn’t believe the United States Navy should have ‘caved to the demands’ of former Midshipmen cornerback Cameron Kinley, as the NFL hopeful made news when he was originally blocked by the Navy from signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, having already been commissioned to join the armed services upon graduation from the Naval Academy.
The story drew headlines across almost every major outlet, with ringing bipartisan support rolling in for Kinley, who had originally been denied from signing with the Buccaneers.
Check out the audio above as Maller says this move is setting a bad precedent and that Kinley should have been fully aware of this potentially happening down the road, adding that the US Navy bowed down to social media pressure.