Friday, October 4, 2013

Donte Whitner has to pay Nike before changing jersey name

It appears Donte Whitner's plan to change his last name to "Hitner" is more complicated than he originally thought.

In case you missed it, the San Francisco 49ers safety vowed to legally change his name to Hitner after the NFL slapped him with a $21,000 fine for an illegal hit against the Buffalo Bills.

Now, Whitner wants to get his new last name on the back of his jersey as soon as possible, but that isn't likely to happen anytime soon.

First, the NFL requires players to legally change their name before they change their jersey. And in Whitner's home state of Ohio, an applicant has to publish a notice of the name change in a widely circulated publication at least 30 days before a judge will even consider signing off on the move.

Secondly, a player desiring a name change has to purchase any remaining inventory from Nike bearing his old name before his new name can get stamped on new jerseys.

If Whitner agrees to all of this, it could take at least six week for us to see Whitner in a Hitner jersey, which would put the date around Thanksgiving.


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