49ers safety changing legal name to 'Donte Hitner'

San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner said this week that he is planning to change his name.
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com  |  Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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Hard-hitting defensive back Donte Whitner said he is about to change his name to something that suits him better.

This week on Twitter, Whitner said he would change his last name to "Hitner." At first, it appeared to be a joke as he said he'd need permission from his mother to go through with it.

But then, he put out T-shirts that said "#LegalHitner." By Wednesday morning, he said it was official.

Whitner hopes to debut the new name on Sunday in the game against the Houston Texans, but it will probably take another week before he gets a new uniform with the new name on the back.

He has also been in touch with Nike to determine how many 'Whitner' jerseys are still in retail stores, and whether he would need to contribute to make a complete switch.

The change may put him further under the microscope for hits, as he has already gotten fined for unnecessary roughness in recent games.

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