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Donte Whitner: Changing name to Hitner would have been too much trouble

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It looked for a time last season like safety Donte Whitner was going to legally change his name to Hitner to capitalize on his reputation as a big hitter, but Whitner ultimately opted not to go forward with the court hearing needed to officially make the change.

Whitner moved from the 49ers to the Browns this offseason and was asked about the reason why he signed the name Whitner to his new contract on the second day of the team’s minicamp on Wednesday. Whitner said he spoke to Chad Johnson, who was once known as Chad Ochocinco and told Whitner that there’s a lot of hassle involving changing legal documents that comes with a shift in identity.

“All for one letter change?” Whitner said, via ESPN.com. “I’d rather not.”

Whitner laughed when it was suggested he could just tell people that the first letter in his last name is silent, but it seems we’ll all have to wait longer to get an authentic NFL jersey with “Hitner” on the back.

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19 Responses to “Donte Whitner: Changing name to Hitner would have been too much trouble”
  1. hehateme1 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:33 PM

    …and just a stupid idea in general. Let’s not forget that.

  2. mad55555 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:35 PM

    He lucked out, because that name change sounds and looks too much like HITLER.

  3. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 30, 2014 4:40 PM

    Nice to know you vetted the process before opening your mouth, buddy.

  4. realnflmaster says: Apr 30, 2014 4:41 PM

    Go figure, he becomes a great player when he leaves the lowly Bills.

  5. doctorofsmuganomics says: Apr 30, 2014 4:41 PM

    neat.

  6. seattlesuperchronic says: Apr 30, 2014 4:44 PM

    It was a funny idea, I’m still gonna call him Hitner.

  7. pem34 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:44 PM

    “Whitner said he spoke to Chad Johnson, who was once known as Chad Ochocinco and told Whitner that there‚Äôs a lot of hassle involving changing legal documents that comes with a shift in identity”.

    That is NOT what Ocho said – he said you will regret all those fines and money you paid out for stupid ish like changing your name when you are out of the league and cannot find a job.

  8. cptbuff says: Apr 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    I love the Jets fan on here…it takes a special someone (who is a fan of a special team) to have an inferiority complex that forces him to talk smack about the BILLS on every post, of all teams.

    At least us Bills fans only feel inferior to teams that have actually won something post-Moon Landing.

  9. timmons94 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:59 PM

    Or change name to fried again. Have fun playing on a team that in the last 6 years can’t win more than 5

  10. bradyhater says: Apr 30, 2014 5:06 PM

    Ask joe theisman how changing his name worked out for him.

  11. cfballfan1 says: Apr 30, 2014 5:14 PM

    How much did it cost Pat Angrer?

    Now that’s a handle for a LB!

  12. bbourne0 says: Apr 30, 2014 5:19 PM

    He’s lucky for the government shut down. The name change wasn’t able to go through because it had to pass through a US governmental entity, which wasn’t active at the time. He had time to think it over, and held off.

  13. djshnooks says: Apr 30, 2014 5:25 PM

    Funny, his best years were in Buffalo.

    He’s a bum and a bust for a #8 pick.

    Big talk, little walk…have fun, Cleveland!

  14. jgedgar70 says: Apr 30, 2014 5:44 PM

    I have a friend who got his last name changed a few years back. It is a major hassle. Here in NC, there are a half a dozen forms to fill out and you have to get 3 friends to write a letter vouching for his character. Then there is the $250 fee (obviousy no big deal for a pro athlete). And at any time, if a bureaucrat processing the request has a bad hair day and feels like being a jerk, can reject any of the forms and letters for any reson, and you have to start all over again. I can certainly understand governments not wanting people to change their name on a whim (or during a drug/drinking binge, whatever), and thus make it an obstacle course so only serious people get the change made. But it is a lot of work.

    Dude is better off wanting “Hitner” as a nickname.

  15. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Apr 30, 2014 6:42 PM

    Thanks to the Lawyers, NFL safeties have been reduced to arm tacklers. Whitner never figured it out. His personal fouls down the stretch last year, especially TWO in the NFCCG surely cost him his deal with the Niners

  16. dontbugmeonsundays says: Apr 30, 2014 7:09 PM

    Bills fans knew all along this guy was a good tackler and a hard hitter but one constant complain coming out of Buffalo was he can’t cover to save his life. And niner fans found out the hard way. Because they’re saying the same thing bills fans were saying. It’s no surprise this guy is highly overrated.

  17. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 30, 2014 8:38 PM

    What a incredibly stupid nickname.

  18. iamdinguskhan says: May 1, 2014 4:38 AM

    This guy gets advice from Chad Johnson? Have fun with this guy Browns.

  19. 4verts says: May 1, 2014 6:18 PM

    Whiffner would be more appropriate

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