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UCLA Players to Diddy

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Justin Earned Scholarship

6/3/2012 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Diddy's son might be the RKOC (richest kid on campus) ... but Justin Combs' fellow UCLA student-athletes say daddy big bucks shouldn't have to pay a dime -- because Justin earned his scholarship fair and square.

Diddy's been slammed since it was announced this week his son is getting a full-ride scholarship -- $54,000 worth -- to play football at UCLA. The criticism is that Diddy should foot the bill himself ... leaving the scholarship available for a more needy student-athlete.

However, multiple student-athletes -- some on scholarship, some off -- tell TMZ Diddy's millions are a non-factor because, "If you're good enough to play football that you're getting recruited, it doesn’t matter how much your parents are making."

Another student -- a junior volleyball player -- said Justin "should be able to get [the scholarship] if he's qualified. If he's good enough on field ... I don’t think what his father does should play a role."

Of course, a high school senior struggling to get into college might feel differently.

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Eddie    

Not to worry, this 5'9" 170 lbs. pipsqueak is going to get his ASS handed to him by some brute with a chip on his shoulder. You think the Saints had a bounty program, wait till 'JUSTIN' — jeezus, Diddy, what'd you name his sister, 'Becky'?? — takes the field this September. Oooh, that smarts...boyeeeeee!!!

837 days ago
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Olivia    

Okay so just out of kindness because his kid did earn the scholarship Diddy should use the $54,000 a year to pay for another student whose parents couldnt afford to send their kid to the school.

837 days ago
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John    

CONGRATULATIONS JUSTIN COMBS!!!!!!!!!!!! You're a beautiful young man and I hope and pray you do very well!!!!

837 days ago
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Canadasux    

A scholarship given to any exceptional, qualified student-athlete allows that student-athlete to understand that the school offering the scholarship really wants him/her to be a part of its' athletic program There's nothing wrong with that! No matter how much money the parents have. The school doesn't want that student-athlete to play for any other school. Again, there's nothing wrong with that!

837 days ago
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Robbie    

My brother is at a D-1 school on scholarship and after watching him work as hard as he did to get noticed I can say that this kid earned his keep. Why should his dad have to pay for him to go be part of a team that makes the school millions. Go pester the rich kids on the golf team that put in 1/10th of the effort and make the school no money, but get the same scholarship because some moron in Congress thought Title IX was a good idea.

837 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

Sometimes perception is far more important than reality. The fact is it just perpetuates the steortype that the rich don't do things like others. While I agree that if he earned it it should be his, however in this age of self-entitlement, if you as a prant decide to show off by buying your kid a car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, then you should step up and do the righty thing..... Say while he earned a free ride scholarship we will be paying the full tuition and let them award this scholarship to someone else, more deserving and whose lives will be really made better... But why would he take the high road, his actions are stupid and now for the next 4 years everyone will always talk about this, rather than the major jesture that it would have been if he manned up and paid it himself.... Now no matter how good the kid is... it will always be tained by the greedy actions of his parents.... Typical STUPID decision by another rich entitled so-called star........

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Ty    

J*rk offs. It is even more important that he got it than a kid that cannot afford it because 90% of kids this vastly rich end up in drugs or doing stupid cr*p all their life while trying to get out from under their famous parents shadow. Mentally this scholarship is a life saver for the kid. People forget how important it is for young men/women to break free and show individuality and ability to be on their own. Especially kids like him. Diddy can always offer his money to fund a certain scholarship (which im sure he already has a few times and will continue to do).

837 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

yeah im sure he "earned" it..just like master P's son "earned" his to play at USC.

837 days ago
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hollyhoodman    

Screw that. Have Diddy pay for it. Other kids who grew up poor like me, deserve it more. Common p Diddy. Its Pennies to you.

837 days ago
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Jacob    

People should really know where the scholarship money is coming from, ALL SPORT SCHOLARSHIPS are paid by the athletic department and take no funds out of the campus's main fund or any other scholarship funds to pay for them. Other than Cal Berkley all PAC 12 schools which include UCLA turn healthy profits in their athletic department without any problems. For the people who are talking about how his scholarship taking away from other people its complete and utter BS, because no money from his sport scholarship would have gone to any other person who wasn't going to play football, and for the record not a lot of football players carry the grades that this kid does and have the talent he has.

837 days ago
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Dee    

Congratulations Justin! You earned this scholarship now do what you do. You are making it in this world on your own and that is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, you can't please folks, especially black folks. If you didn't play sports or go to school, they would criticize you for that like they did Paris, Nicole and other celebrity kids. You are doing the right thing and you don't owe any explanation to anyone. Ignorant folks would prefer you run around talking smack and making babies. Just some ignorant folks in the world. So my friend, handle yours. All the best!!!

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margaret    

It would not be so bad but there are alot of students who DO qualify for scholarships but the funds are not available...in this case if his father can afford this school (and we know he can) than I think his father should foot the bill and allow some kid who can't afford college a chance at a future

837 days ago
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BdWilliesr    

TMZ

837 days ago
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BdWilliesr    

When they confirm Diddy is the first dad of that school to make over a million dollars per year, then I will fall in line with the other idiots who suggest he forfeit the scholarship

837 days ago
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LunarJunk    

After thinking about this why should he give the money back? This young man earned that scholarship and he has good grades.

837 days ago
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