Redskins brass has trouble pronouncing names

Brian Tinsman
March 29, 2019 - 11:55 pm

Much ink has been spilled on the topic of Bruce Allen mispronouncing Kirk "Kurt" Cousins' name.

But apparently, Cousins wasn't alone in being disrespected, and Allen wasn't alone in dishing it out at Redskins Park.

According to his interview with Dan Patrick this week, former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III revealed that head coach Jay Gruden also had trouble with his name.

Never mind that "Robert Griffin III" is one of the easiest names to pronounce. Never mind that he comes with a nickname and was one of the most iconic NFL players for a three-year stretch.

On multiple occasions, allegedly, Gruden called him Robert Griffin Jr.:

"Notoriously, Jay Gruden used to call me Robert Griffin Jr. all the time," Griffin mused to Patrick. "I don't know if that was a precursor to how he felt about me, but he definitely got my name wrong every day."

Gruden was hired, in part, because of his success with Andy Dalton and the potential for him to turn Griffin around as a pocket passer. As history shows, that didn't happen in Washington.

It's entirely possible that the Redskins are doing a bit with quarterbacks they don't like. This is like the iconic Ron Swanson character on Parks and Rec, who once said: "When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name and let them know I don't really care about them."

That's a comedy, but this is real life. Maybe there is a method to the madness.

If this is really how the Redskins do business, then Colt McCain and Case Kiebler should watch for the telltale signs in 2019.

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