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Donte Whitner not changing his name to Hitner after all

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Last month 49ers safety Donte Whitner scheduled a court a date in his home state of Ohio to legally change his last name to “Hitner.” That hearing was set for today, but now the name change is not going forward.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports that Whitner withdrew his application with the Ohio probate court and so the application has been dismissed.

Whitner initially said he wanted to drop the ‘W’ from his name after he was fined for two hits early this season. Whitner felt that a name starting with “Hit” would be a good way to celebrate what he was becoming known for in the NFL.

But now Whitner has changed his mind. It’s not clear why Whitner decided not to go through with the name change, but it might have been a simple financial calculation: Under NFL rules, a player who changes his name has to buy any jerseys that have been printed with his old name on them before the league will let him put his new name on his jersey. Whitner might have decided that the name change isn’t worth the cost of purchasing a bunch of jerseys with his original last name on them.

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22 Responses to “Donte Whitner not changing his name to Hitner after all”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 19, 2013 7:10 PM

    1. Doubt there were too many jerseys to buy. 2. He didn’t wNt to be the next Ochocinco.

  2. legionofboom88 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:11 PM

    I cannot envision any reason why an NFL player WOULDN’T want to associate themselves with a name that relishes in “Hit-ting”…

    Smh. Typical 49er debauchery. What a gimmick, just like their offense.

  3. hawkfan72 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:23 PM

    Whitner said the reason was that you have to appear in court in person to make the change. He can’t make it to Ohio in the middle of an NFL work week. He has to wait until the offseason.

  4. slugbaitspace says: Nov 19, 2013 7:25 PM

    “It’s not clear why Whitner decided not to go through with the name change, but it might have been a simple financial calculation…”
    —————————
    Or it might have been a simple reality check.

  5. mikeinsanfran says: Nov 19, 2013 7:34 PM

    Welp I hate when facts get in the way of a good story but he wrote on twitter 3 hours ago exactly why he did it: @DonteWhitner – I had to withdraw the name change until after the season. Judge wouldn’t allow it without me being present…

  6. Stiller43 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:38 PM

    106.7 in DC said he said because the judge wouldnt allow it without him being there in person, so he’s doing it after the season

  7. hen510 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:46 PM

    I haven’t seen anything in the highlight reels that would suggest a name change…..can anyone provide such a link ?

  8. braceyourselffor12 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:54 PM

    Only good news for the Niners in the last 3 weeks.

  9. extinctionburst says: Nov 19, 2013 8:01 PM

    I guess “Bad in pass coveragener” is too long for the back on an NFL jersey.

  10. beavertonsteve says: Nov 19, 2013 8:21 PM

    Custom “Hitner” 31 jerseys already exist. I’ve seen them in person. Let’s just say they are ummmm eye catching when you first see them Not in a good way.

  11. eugenesaxe1 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:40 PM

    Wouldn’t be overly wise to change your name to something that resembles “Hitler” that closely anyway.

  12. mad55555 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:43 PM

    Maybe he didn’t change the name to hitner because it sounds like, ya know…. Hitler. Smartest thing he could do.

  13. hawkstradamus says: Nov 19, 2013 9:01 PM

    Good news for Donte and the whole whiner nation. Your season ended in New Orleans. All you can play for now is a better spot in the draft.

  14. drcap says: Nov 19, 2013 9:13 PM

    All he needs to do is announce to the press that the “W” is silent.

    Anyone remember Theismann rhymes with Heisman? Or Tony Dorsett?

  15. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 19, 2013 9:42 PM

    Tied with the Cardinals? Really? Really, frisco? This is what you’ve come to?

  16. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 19, 2013 9:48 PM

    Pretty stupid endeavor to begin with, but the NFL would have probably fined him for associating his name with encouraging agressiveness.

    We wouldn’t want to frighten the Jonathan Martin types (puffy lower pouty lip)…

  17. pkrlvr says: Nov 19, 2013 9:54 PM

    Maybe he realized it was juvenile and stupid….and disrespectful to his father.

  18. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Nov 19, 2013 9:55 PM

    Right now the 49ers need all the W’s they can get their hands on.

  19. wclark22 says: Nov 19, 2013 10:27 PM

    Doesn’t he know HITTING is ILLEGAL in todays flag football NFL. I’m ready to start watching arena league.

  20. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 19, 2013 10:40 PM

    He’s still a moron though.

  21. onlynyteam22 says: Nov 19, 2013 11:57 PM

    only way to get his name in the news this year? The guy thinks he is way better than he actually is.

  22. vicnocal says: Nov 19, 2013 11:58 PM

    ====”Under NFL rules, a player who changes his name has to buy any jerseys that have been printed with his old name on them before the league will let him put his new name on his jersey.”=====

    Asinine. Would he get a percentage of sales from any of the new Hitner jerseys that would be sold? No? Then he shouldn’t be required to buy the old Whitner ones.

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