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Monday, April 23, 2018

Donte Whitner claims he’s legally changing name to ‘Donte Hitner’

donte-whitnerSan Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner is unhappy with the NFL for fining him $21,000 for his hit on St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens last Thursday. Whitner felt the hit was legal, and he has since created T-shirts that read “Legal Hitner” as a way of protesting the decision and having a little fun with his last name. Now, Whitner claims he is taking it a step further.

On Tuesday night, the 28-year-old tweeted that he was considering changing his last name from Whitner to “Hitner.” The next morning, he tweeted about it again. It doesn’t sound like he’s joking.

If Chad Johnson can legally change his last name because of his jersey number, I don’t see why Whitner wouldn’t do it because of his style of play. And “Hitner” does have a much better ring to it than Ochocinco.

The next time Whitner is fined for a hit, the headlines could read as follows: “Hitner fined $20K for illegal hit.” Sounds perfect to me.

H/T Eye on Football

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