49ers' Donte Whitner Wants to Legally Change His Name to 'Hitner'

Kenny DorsetDirector of Social MediaOctober 2, 2013

The NFL reportedly fined 49ers safety Donte Whitner $21,000 for his hit on Rams wide receiver Chris Givens on Thursday in Week 4. Whitner is not happy, and according to Matthew Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, he will appeal the fine. 

Whitner took to Twitter to express his disappointment and is even selling "#LegalHitner" T-shirts. He also talked about changing his name to "Hitner."

UPDATE: Tuesday, November 19, 4:13 p.m. ET

Donte Whitner has provided an update on his name change: 

Matthew Barrows of The Sacramento Bee provides an update from the court's website: 

"The case was scheduled for 2:45 p.m. today, EST. The court's website, however, reads: "JUDGMENT ENTRY. APPLICANT TO WITHDRAW APPLICATION FOR NAME CHANGE. THEREFORE, THIS MATTER IS HEREBY DISMISSED. OSJ."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 9, 1:44 p.m. ET

The paperwork for the name change has been filed, we now see thanks to a photo from TMZ.

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 6, 2:18 p.m. ET

Looks like the government shutdown is holding up Whitner's name change. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 2, 4:13 p.m. ET

Apparently he's taking this completely seriously and has taken the necessary step toward changing his name.

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If you are interested, you can purchase the shirts here