Don’t Feel Sorry for Caleb Campbell

So, everyone’s talking about Caleb Campbell, a draft pick of the Detroit Lions. Per Yahoo! News per the Associated Press:

Campbell was a seventh-round draft pick for the Lions in April. At the time, Army policy would have allowed the West Point graduate to serve as a recruiter if he made the team.

But a subsequent Department of Defense policy has superseded the 2005 Army policy.

In a letter to Lions president Matt Millen dated Wednesday, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jonathan P. Liba wrote that Campbell has been ordered to give up professional football for “full-time traditional military duties.”

Caleb CampbellThis will probably become a hot topic for the next few days or so and a lot of anti-war people will be crying for him, but just so everyone knows, Campbell deserves not a single ounce of your sympathy for not being able to pursue a professional football career. Why is that? He signed up for military service of his own volition. He was not coerced into anything, and he signed the paperwork.

I’m as anti-war and against this current U.S. government as any liberal, but this isn’t an example of corruption, or war-mongering, or a desperate grab for warm bodies to throw into the Middle East. This shouldn’t even be a story, but it’s topical and somewhat controversial, and — hey, he’s a football player too. So there you have it.

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  1. MoonDog

    July 24, 2008 11:36 AM

    We independent populists feel the same way. When I was in the service I would have loved to been able to play a sport while continuing to serve.

    You hit the nail on the head. He raised his right hand like everyone has done for over a century and took an oath. He signed his contract that as they say, is that.

    Not to mention, that’s the way it was prior to 2005. You had to complete your military service before you could pursue other endeavors UNLESS the military decided to give you an early out.

  2. Realitycheck

    July 24, 2008 12:16 PM

    Perhaps the Army and others fail to acknowledge the following fact. Two baseball players and a hockey player went pro under the policy before Caleb Campbell did. Perhaps no one noticed, so there wasn’t a controversy, so there wasn’t a reason to examine the policy and revise it. I suppose they now will have to give up their pro sports careers, too.

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