Perhaps frustrated by the realization that his hard-hitting ways resulted in a fine $21,000 after a huge hit on St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens last Thursday night, San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner took to Twitter on Tuesday to alert his followers that he intends to make a minor tweak to his last name so that once he jumps through the hoops and all the legal rigamarole, he will be known as “Donte Hitner.” Because, you know, he hits people in his profession and stuff. At least that’s what I assume he’s going after with the name switch.
It’s kind of like when Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ochocinco, but you know, um, dumber. If that’s even possible.
Thinking about taking the W out of my last name. Mom said its ok (y'all kno I had to ask 1st lol) #NotPlayingEither
— TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) October 1, 2013
And then, on Wednesday, here’s Whitner’s claim that he’s going through with it:
It's official…The W is being removed from my last name from Whitner to Hitner…GM
— TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) October 2, 2013
Earlier on Tuesday, before he hinted at the name change, Whitner tweeted out a link to where fans who disagree with the fine he was assessed can purchase a shirt to show their solidarity with the safety:
Only $28, too. What a deal. And all proceeds go to the “The Donte Hitner School for Football Players Who Can’t Avoid Getting Fined for Hard Hits Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too.”
So, maybe Whitner’s announcement is only some form of guerrilla marketing to get folks to take note, click through and buy the t-shirt. Only time will tell, I guess. Until we know for sure, Donte Whitner should call up Metta World Peace and find out how to truly embrace a name change by acting even crazier than ever. Couldn’t hurt.
[H/T Eye on Football]