49ers post image of what Donte Whitner’s ‘Hitner’ jersey would look like (photo)
The big news on the “NFL Player Who Might Be Changing His Name For Marketing Purposes” front — okay, the only news — this week has been San Francisco 49ers hard-hitting safety Donte Whitner claiming on Twitter that he intends to legally change his name to “Donte Hitner” as perhaps some kind of ill-conceived protest over his recent fine of $21,000 on St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens.
The announcement was met with some skepticism, as almost simultaneously, Whitner was tweeting out links to a site selling protest shirts bearing the message, “#LegalHitner.”
But in the end, Whitner revealed that he has paid the $27 name change request filing fee this week via an attorney in Ohio, saying, “Yeah, it’s legal,” explaining, perhaps unnecessarily, “I’m taking the ‘W’ off. H-I-T-N-E-R.”
And now, the 49ers are getting in on the fun, tweeting out a photoshopped image of what Whitner’s Hitner jersey will look like.
See, it’s just like “Whitner” only without the “W” at the beginning (thank goodness Whitner cleared that up for us).
Whitner detailed how the entire process played out, telling CSNBayArea.com, “I asked my mom,” he said. “She said no in the summer. And she said, ‘yes’ three nights ago. It’s pretty cool.”
“My uncle just came home and he pretty much convinced her,” Donte said. “He was there for me as a little boy and he went away for awhile in prison. We talk all the time.
“He said, ‘This is the National Football League, you’ve always had a dream to do this and your name coincides with what you like to do on the football field. I think taking $27 and taking a letter off your name is worth it.’”
So there you have it. Donte Whitner will be known as Donte Hitner and that’s all there is to it. It’s just a “W,” after all.