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

AP

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.

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

  1. “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”.

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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