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Hitner says he’ll pay for any remaining “Whitner” jerseys, within reason

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49ers safety Donte Whitner says he’s now Donte Hitner.  Via CSNBayArea.com, Hitner said that his lawyer has taken the steps necessary to legally change the name.

Hitner also is willing to do whatever it takes to placate the NFL.  Within reason.

Whenever a player changes his number or his name, it can result in a stock of unsold jerseys becoming worthless.  Sensitive to this wrinkle, Hitner says he’ll pay for the jerseys, “depending on how many there are.”

“I haven’t seen a whole lot around Candlestick, so I wouldn’t think there should be [many jerseys in stock], unless somebody’s hiding them,” Hitner said.

“If you ask fans around San Francisco and the Bay Area, they call me Donte Hitner anyway,” Hitner added. “I think it’s pretty cool.  Everything we do is for the fans, right?  We all understand that.  It’s entertainment, but at the same time it’s what I do. It’s my game, along with some things that happened recently, that’s why I went with it.”

He’s the first player to change his name for marketing reasons since Chad Johnson became Chad Ochocinco.  Eventually, and inevitably, someone will legally change his name to Reebok, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Doritos, Pepsi, Taco Bell, Legal Zoom, or some other product or brand.

Hey, for the right price and a lifetime supply of cookies, I’ll drop the “FL” and change the “I” to an “E”.

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51 Responses to “Hitner says he’ll pay for any remaining “Whitner” jerseys, within reason”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 2, 2013 8:14 PM

    He should take some of his money and invent red-out, it would be a cheaper solution.

  2. hawkforlife says: Oct 2, 2013 8:15 PM

    Hope it works out about as well as Ochocinco. What a tool.

  3. seahawksteven777 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:15 PM

    On the team depth chart, it’ll say S Hitner. Good thing for the space key, right?

    Oh, and good thing he took out the W out of his last name. He and the team for that matter, wouldn’t know much about that this year.

  4. coltzfan166 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:20 PM

    Chad Johnson thinks this guy is crazy

  5. citizenstrange says: Oct 2, 2013 8:21 PM

    Please tell me he’s not changing his first name to Hal.

  6. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 2, 2013 8:23 PM

    Just so we’re all clear here.. I’ve got dibs on Nike. The only problem I have is a last name. I was thinking Swoosh. Nike Swoosh.

  7. goawayeverybody says: Oct 2, 2013 8:26 PM

    At least “Ochocinco” was catchy and fun.

    Hitner is just plain stupid!

    As in, reeeeeeally stupid.

  8. sandman34rt says: Oct 2, 2013 8:27 PM

    Have some pride in your family name, what a loser

  9. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 2, 2013 8:31 PM

    Almost sped read that as Hitler.

  10. pacopicopiedra says: Oct 2, 2013 8:40 PM

    Now I’ve got “ice cold milk and a Florio cookie” stuck in my head. Thanks a lot, jerk.

  11. saintsfan1111 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:41 PM

    Heil Hitner!

  12. bostoncollie says: Oct 2, 2013 8:41 PM

    How many sportscasters mistakenly say “Hitler”?

  13. ihatethejets23 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:02 PM

    Wow that’s lame. So glad the Bills got rid of this clown.

  14. charger383 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:03 PM

    Hope it upsets Goodell

  15. palefaceflorio says: Oct 2, 2013 9:07 PM

    The thing I don’t get is why he would have to pay for the jerseys with his former name on it. Teams trade/cut players all the time, making their former jerseys worthless. Why is this so different? If a player got married and took his wife’s last name, would he also have to pay for the unsold jerseys?

  16. hendeeze says: Oct 2, 2013 9:08 PM

    Hinter did nothing wrong

  17. frankdatank23 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:20 PM

    Yup, this is where chad lost it too. Whitney has a year or two left before he’s out of football, knowing he isnt very bright..he’s grasping onto whatever he can.

  18. sandman34rt says: Oct 2, 2013 9:21 PM

    “Oh, and good thing he took out the W out of his last name. He and the team for that matter, wouldn’t know much about that this year.”

    They’re 2-2?

  19. harrycanyon says: Oct 2, 2013 9:27 PM

    There will need to be a rule soon that you finish the season with the name you started the season. Just pay the fine, and get over yourself Dante.

  20. trevor123698 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:31 PM

    The ironic thing is that a lifetime supply of oreo cookies will take many years off your life depending on how much you indulge.

  21. afcdomination says: Oct 2, 2013 9:32 PM

    this might be one of the lamest things I’ve seen a pro athlete do. for so many reasons.

  22. bhorn1240 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:33 PM

    Spread me a couple of those Oreos if they take you up on the offer…

  23. bmg40 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:37 PM

    Hitner? I watched him play for years in Buffalo. The only thing he hit was a guy when he got in that bar fight in Cleveland…

  24. djasonoma says: Oct 2, 2013 9:53 PM

    All negative comments are from LOOSER seattle fans. They suck lol

  25. richc111 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:58 PM

    I think someone needs a reality check . We will see when his contract is up and he heads off to jacksonville how many peole will care

  26. dbones750 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:10 PM

    President Dwayne elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert camacho

  27. stayclassyasheville says: Oct 2, 2013 10:11 PM

    I noticed that Hitner is only 1 letter off from Hitler. Smooth move.

  28. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 2, 2013 10:15 PM

    Imagine if he was coached by Belichick. Would BB be wearing a clock around his neck like Flava Flav supporting Whitner or just benching him at an inopportune time?

  29. dirtydrew says: Oct 2, 2013 10:21 PM

    A little too close to Hitler.

  30. kuranda84 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:25 PM

    It’s weird hearing someone call him Hitner

  31. musicman495 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:29 PM

    “I don’t care what you call me, just as long as you still call me a cheap shot artist.”

  32. wwwmattcom says: Oct 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    This guy is a symbol for what is wrong with the NFL.

  33. hakunamangata says: Oct 2, 2013 11:19 PM

    With players like this and a fan base that complains about noise in opposing stadiums, they certainly don’t make it had not to like them.

  34. ecarlso8 says: Oct 2, 2013 11:54 PM

    I will sell you my whitner jersey for $10, you were a bust in Buffalo…..outta shape and you hit like a girl…..sorry #realtalk

  35. robgilman says: Oct 2, 2013 11:55 PM

    Idiot

  36. socal9er says: Oct 3, 2013 12:12 AM

    “Terrible” – Charles Barkley

  37. doe22us says: Oct 3, 2013 12:29 AM

    Ocho Cincho had game to back it up for years.. this guy dont even know him. What a tool bag.

  38. eightandeightlions says: Oct 3, 2013 12:30 AM

    What a guy, offering pay for the multitudes of unsold Whitner jerseys. Knowing that no one was going to buy them anyway there are probably none in stock. He is now the NFL equivalent of Miley Cyrus.

    If only the desperately desperate could get a glimpse of reality…

    Hitner will be hailed as the second coming of Ochostyinko.

  39. blackfootkiller says: Oct 3, 2013 12:41 AM

    What a dope…
    It’s all about the team in San Fran…
    Unless the hat doesn’t match my drawers.

  40. vietnambob2473 says: Oct 3, 2013 12:47 AM

    2 letters away from Hitler

  41. bzillaz says: Oct 3, 2013 1:01 AM

    Stupider than stupid!!!

  42. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:13 AM

    I don’t think there was much thought put into this from the beginning. Now the issues are coming up, but hey we are talking about him.

  43. northstarnic says: Oct 3, 2013 3:01 AM

    Um, heil hitner I guess. Dumb

  44. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2013 5:13 AM

    “Hitner says he’ll pay for any remaining “Whitner” jerseys, within reason”

    You probably have the only jersey out there, loser.

  45. anygivenwednesday13 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:19 AM

    Unfortunately the NFL “accidentally” removed the letter E from his first name.

  46. Mike Wanhatalo says: Oct 3, 2013 5:40 AM

    I’ll take $2 fot my crappy Whitner Buffalo Bills replica jersey in the horrid navy blue.

  47. kev86 says: Oct 3, 2013 8:00 AM

    What an idiot

  48. billsfan1 says: Oct 3, 2013 9:33 AM

    This guy is an average to slightly above average safety at best. He just happened to play the last few years on a monster D. He talks waaaaay too much and this just goes to show how much he needs attention.

  49. toosoon2013 says: Oct 3, 2013 12:13 PM

    He Hate Me thinks this is ridiculous

  50. itscompton says: Oct 3, 2013 3:51 PM

    Whatever name he goes by he is by far my least favorite player on the team. He talks way more smack than he can back up. He’s a good but not great player who delivers some big hits but also breaks down in coverage way more than he should. The rookie Reid has also make some big hits but hasn’t gotten flagged or fined, and he isn’t out on a tour of self promotion, seems like this is a case where the vet could learn something from the kid.

  51. gborange says: Oct 3, 2013 9:29 PM

    Maybe he should change it to Polamalu!

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