During the Redskins' Monday press conference announcing no long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, many noticed that it sometimes sounded like team president Bruce Allen said "Kurt" instead of "Kirk."
John Keim, ESPN's Redskins beat reporter, noticed social media couldn't ignore the slip. So, he went to Redskins personnel and asked about the pronunciation. Keim was told it only sounded like "Kurt" because of Allen's accent.
"I did ask that question yesterday and what I was told is it's just his, for lack of a better phrase I guess, his accent and just how he pronounces it," Keim said.
He joined the Sports Junkies Tuesday morning and they asked if he believes that reasoning is true.
"I don't know. I don't know what purpose would be gained by consistently mispronouncing his name. I don't get that. I don't know," Keim said. "All I know is that it sounds the same to me as it does to everybody else."
No one can know for sure if it is being done intentionally or the reasoning behind doing such a thing on purpose.
"Again, I was just told that it's just the way he pronounces the word and it's his accent. I don't know what's inside his head with that. I can't answer why he would do that, if he is indeed doing that. It seems like an odd thing to do if it's being done on purpose. So, that's what I would say," Keim said.
Could it be Allen's way of trolling Cousins?
"I think anything is possible. Again, I was just told that. I don't know what value that would serve by doing that because at the end of this, again for the longest time it's been we want this guy here and all that, so if you really want him here, why would you do that on purpose? It doesn't make sense to me."