49er Whitner Changing Name To Hitner After Fine

49ers_Donte_Whitner_2013San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who has revealed he was fined $21,000 by the league for a hit during last Thursday night’s victory over the St. Louis Rams, said Wednesday he’s dropping the “W” from his last name.

“I actually put the paperwork in yesterday afternoon. Just waiting to get the paperwork out,” he said in a conference call with the Houston media. “So from here on out until I retire, my name will be Donte Hitner, without the W.”

Earlier Wednesday, he had revealed his name change in a tweet.

Source: ESPN.com news services