Kofi Kingston states that the WWE angle was a reprimand. 

When Triple H criticized him on live television for his waning Jamaican accent,  

Kofi Kingston recently admitted that he was being disciplined by WWE. 

In 2006, WWE signed Kingston, who spent around a year in development. 

In 2007, he made his main roster debut as a Jamaican persona. He actually was born in Ghana and raised in Boston, though. 

On television, he spoke with a Jamaican accent that was subsequently dropped. 

In a notorious episode from 2009, Triple H criticized Kofi for losing his accent.

A fan mentioned that there was speculation that the episode where Triple H questioned ...

...Kingston about his Jamaican accent was a punishment in a recent Twitter conversation.