Well, it appears Whiter withdrew his application rather than go through with the change to “Hitner”, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.
Whitner filed the official paperwork for the change back on October 8th, according to CSN Bay Area, a couple of weeks after being fined for a hit on St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens – for which he was fined $21K by the NFL.
Whitner explained his thinking at the time:
“If you ask fans around San Francisco and the Bay Area, they call me Donte Hitner anyway,” Whitner said on Oct. 2, according to Matt Maiocco at CSN Bay Area. “I think it’s pretty cool. Everything we do is for the fans, right? We all understand that. It’s entertainment, but at the same time it’s what I do. It’s my game, along with some things that happened recently, that’s why I went with it.”
If Whitner were to have gone through with the name change, he would have had to purchase all the Nike-made jerseys with “Whitner” emblazoned on them before he could put “Hitner” on his back.
Now, it’s all moot. Whitner it is.