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UCLA to Sterling We Don't Want Your Money!

4/29/2014 3:00 PM PDT

UCLA to Donald Sterling: We Don't Want Your Money!


UCLA is saying thanks but no thanks to Donald Sterling's $3 million pledge ... saying essentially its dirty money and they don't want it.

Sterling gifted $3 mil to the school, with an initial check for $425,000.  The money was earmarked for kidney research.

A UCLA spokesperson says, "Mr. Sterling's divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA's core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect."

And get this.  The ad (above) that was placed in Sunday's L.A. Times is a "thank you" from UCLA to Donald and Shelly Sterling.  UCLA claims the ad was placed by Donald Sterling, NOT the university.

We just got off the  phone with a rep for the L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, who says they got $30K from Sterling over the last 3 years ... and they're keeping it -- because the money's already been spent on programs to help fight racism.  But ... they won't accept any money in the future. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!
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