Sometimes athletes say seemingly stupid things on social media because they’re upset, hurt, whatever.
Usually, the athlete will delete said post and apologize the next day through reporters.
Donte Whitner? Nah, he’s prepared to go ahead and do exactly what he said he’d do.
The San Francisco 49ers safety — upset over a $21,000 fine levied by the NFL for delivering an illegal hit to St. Louis Rams’ Chris Givens last Thursday — tweeted Tuesday about his intention to change his last name from Whitner to “Hitner.”
Thinking about taking the W out of my last name. Mom said its ok (y’all kno I had to ask 1st lol) #NotPlayingEither
— TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) October 1, 2013
It’s official…The W is being removed from my last name from Whitner to Hitner…GM
— TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) October 2, 2013
Since the revelation, Whitner, a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, has been asked if he was serious.
He totally is.
“It’s my last name and removing a letter makes it pretty cool,” Whitner told reporters Wednesday, adding some people already call him “Hitner” anyway.
“I think it’s very fitting for Donte to change it,” Whitner’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, said.
Apparently Whitner has been thinking about the switcheroo for some time, admitting his mom was against the idea this summer and only came around a few days ago.
Whitner — should we just call him Hitner from now on? — has filed the necessary paperwork and hopes to have his revamped last name ready for the 49ers’ Oct. 13 game versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Soon enough he’ll join the ranks of Chad Ochocinco and Metta World Peace.
More about the name change from this CSNBayArea.com video: