Donte Whitner No Longer Changing His Name To One That's Nearly "Hitler"

Donte Whitner No Longer Changing His Name To One That's Nearly "Hitler"

The Browns' newest safety has decided against legally changing his name to Donte Hitner, and not for the obvious reason that you totally read it as something else upon first glance.

According to ESPN Cleveland, Whitner just doesn't want to deal with all the paperwork that a name change requires.

"All for one letter change?" Whitner said Wednesday at the Browns' second day of minicamp. "I'd rather not."

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Original post by Barry Petchesky on Deadspin

Donte Whitner Changing Name To "Hitner," Which Is Close To "Hitler"

Donte Whitner Changing Name To "Hitner," Which Is Close To "Hitler"

It's not just Twitter bluster; 49ers safety Donte Whitner says he's filed the necessary paperwork to have his last name officially changed to Donte Hitner.

The hard-hitting defender told 49ers.com that "I sent [the petition] to my lawyer and he filed it for me in Ohio," where Whitner maintains residence.

"If you ask the fans around San Francisco, the Bay Area, or anyone that's a fan of me, they call me Donte Hitner any way," he said. "Everything we do is for the fans right? It's all entertainment. We all understand that. It's entertainment, but that's what I do, it's my game. Along with some things that happened recently, that's why I went with it."

Whitner was fined $21,000 for his hit on Chris Givens in Thursday's win over St. Louis, and recently began selling a line of "Legal Hitner" t-shirts (available in Hitner Youth sizes), so he's embraced the nickname in every way possible. He says he hopes to have his new name on his jersey by Sunday, but that seems unlikely: After his name change, Chad Johnson had to wait a whole year to put "Ochocinco" on the back of his jersey, thanks to contractual obligations to Reebok.