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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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tracker    

This is just a 'thanks,i,m honored but i'd like to donate to another..very proud of this kid but however REALLY ?

684 days ago
17.

Anna    

I really feel like this whole situation is a non-issue. Sure, the kid is getting a free ride, but Diddy will likely donate tens of thousands of dollars to the school over the course of the next 4 years (probably even more if the kid manages to actually graduate-- alumni donations anyone?).

684 days ago
18.

Glenda     

Well Sean Combs could donate money to UCLA towards a scholarship fund for someone else.

684 days ago
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christy    

Oh please this kid earned nothing. He was sent to the best schools paid for by daddy, he was given tutors, coaches and whatever else to get what he got. I find it so funny how these stars kids always get such high grades. It is because in one way or another this kid bought them. Furthermore to accept anything like this shows what a pig this person is. Denzel Washington didnt accept his kids, he paid for his own kid to go to the school. They give out way to many scholarships for football anyhow. Yes it does take away from other things in the school jackasses. I do not care if this kid got 4.0 gpa noone whose parents have that kind of money should get a free ride to school. My daughter is going to be a senior next year and there are kids just as qualified as this punk who cant afford to go to school. They didnt have daddy spoon feed their asses their whole life. Shame on him and just shows what a ghetto punk he really is.

684 days ago
20.

Truth    

IF DIDDY WASNT A SELFISH A$$... HE SHOULD POST A SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR NEEDY STUDENTS AT UCLA. THAT WAY HE GET A CHARITABLE TAX DEDUCTION AS WELL HAS PUT HIS F*CKING MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS. #TRUTH!!

684 days ago
21.

static    

It's all about what UCLA thinks Diddy is going to do for the school, As a booster it could mean hundreds of thousands or millions for the school and not to mention the under the table fringe benefits to the team.

684 days ago
22.

miu    

Maybe he don't want his father to pay for him... I bet he's proud of the fact that he did'nt need him for this step. I'd be, so leave him alone. It seems he worked his ass off instead of doing nothing and getting everything for free because daddy has the money.

684 days ago
23.

Gretel    

They say he earned the scholarship. Okay, so be it. Either way, they probably now have a HUGE donor in Diddy, which will end up benefitting a considerable amount of the students, so it's a win-win I guess.

684 days ago
24.

Jordan    

THey gave him the scholorship not for his football skills, but for the fact it looks good on tv when they can show diddy at the game. After this kids football career at UCLA he has no were else to go unless daddy warbucks buys a team and move them to LA whic even DIDY is not that rich. This kid only got the scholorship because of his father not because of his skills he won't even be a starter he might be lucky to play 2nd string in fact they might make a movie from his experience. Rudy part 2 the rich kid who got the one play.

684 days ago
25.

Jordan    

I think now since football is supporting our state schools our tax money can go somewere else and let the sports program support schools and not our tax dollars.

684 days ago
26.

Jac    

Lousy reporting here. He earned a MERIT scholarship, not an athletic one!!! Please check your facts. CNN reported this a week or two ago. He had something like a 3.7 or 3.8 GPA and that's why he got a full ride to UCLA - not because of football or any other sport for that matter.

684 days ago
27.

Jasel    

I'm not seeing the problem. Scholarships from universities and private colleges are usually merit based. If he was getting $54,000 in Financial Aid I could see the uproar but he earned that scholarship. They don't just give them out to people solely based on need or their financial situation. Tell the struggling high school senior to put in more effort than he can be awarded a scholarship himself. I bet these same people whining about Justin are the same people who will turn around and lecture people about handouts and work ethic.

684 days ago
28.

Heron    

The kid earned it and daddy's money shouldnt affect his chances at the scholarship.

684 days ago
29.

SistahSoul    

Leave Justin alone. If he spent years putting in the hard work on the field and in the classroom to EARN the scholarship, he should have it. If UCLA awarded him a scholarship, then obviously they think he deserves it.

684 days ago
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DrLoveToe    

"Of course, a high school senior struggling to get into college might feel differently." If that high school senior was skilled, he might be offered the same ride if not better.

684 days ago
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