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

49ers Think Giants Are Cocky, Won’t Take Their Bait

The Giants have been talking throughout the playoffs. After beating the Falcons in the Wild Card round, Jason Pierre-Paul guaranteed his team would beat the Packers. They did. This week, it was Antrel Rolle popping off, declaring that his team can’t be beat.

49ers safety Donte Whitner believes the Giants are a cocky bunch, but he won’t play their talking game.

“I would say yes (they’re cocky), even watching them when they were going to play the New York Jets, I don’t know if that’s their philosophy, I don’t know if their psychologist up there is trying to get into our head or something but we don’t plan on taking the bait.”

When Whitner first heard Rolle say the Giants couldn’t be beat, the 49er responded over Twitter.

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Who Owns $400,000 Worth of Jewelry?

Donte WhitnerFirst off, let’s make this clear: nobody deserves to get robbed. Secondly, what kind of jerkoffs wait for a moment when they know a guy’s going to be gone playing in a game to rob him? How weak is that? Well I guess that’s exactly how they all do it, but anyway, it’s pretty hard to lose almost half a million dollars worth of jewelry if you never own $400,000 worth of jewelry in the first place. Maybe Bills DB Donte Whitner, who was robbed of that amount while he was away at his game Sunday, has learned his lesson the hard way.

You just have to hope the guys who robbed him aren’t fans considering Whitner had a pick six at the beginning of the game to help Buffalo build a big lead. I’m actually quite pleased about that because Buffalo’s big lead early forced Tampa to throw the rest of the game to try and come back. Since I have Kellen Winslow as my tight end in the Yardbarker Coors Light fantasy football league, all the throwing helped K2 rack up stats and it led me to a big win. The ironic aspect to this story is that there was an article floating around last week about NFL players having financial problems following retirement. Gee, when you’re wasting $400,000 on jewelry, it’s easy to see why. Hey Donte, ever try a savings account?