After the 49ers’ week 4 destruction of the Rams, the NFL hit San Francisco safety Donte Whitner with a hefty $20,000 fine for what they deemed was an illegal hit on St. Louis receiver Chris Givens. As you would expect, Whitner wasn’t very happy about this, so he did what anyone in his situation would do: he created a t-shirt with the hashtag #LegalHitner on it and put it up for sale on the Internet. Then he also announced on Twitter that he would officially be dropping the W from his last name so that, from now on, he’ll just be Donte Hitner—because I guess he liked the ring of it.
Of course, the name change hasn’t been made official yet, and even when (or if) it does, it will take a while for the new name to get on his jersey. Still, it’s a pretty interesting move on (W)hitner’s part, and if he does go through with it he’ll be joining a pretty small group of athletes who have changed their names over the years.
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