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UCLA to Sterling

We Don't Want Your Money!

4/29/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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.
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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.

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31.

Itoldu    

Did he stipulate it couldn't be used for black patients?
That money could save many lives.
He was known for being a racist skank when they took the money.
I say F- him.
Save lives..

87 days ago
32.

JBIZ    

Makes no sense to me and shows the money probably doesnt go to research in the first place. Keep the money and drop the recognition would be the ultimate FU. So UCLA thinks that kidney research should suffer? I have kidney problems and for one could care less where the money came from to make my life better.

87 days ago
33.

sophiastormy    

liberals will you denounced your donor to your party too??

87 days ago
34.

CCSmith    

Let the people with kidney disease decide .

87 days ago
35.

Darwin1987    

I'm a dialysis patient n waiting for a transplant at UCLA .. N that money would of help for research for kidney patients like my self that money would of help

87 days ago
36.

sophiastormy    

once again, democratic party will you not take his money from him or not??

87 days ago
37.

Sieron    

I don't think thats responsible, all they have to say is "we dont agree with him, but the money funds important research and we're accepting it"

87 days ago
38.

greeneyedjeepgirl    

Haha they look like Jim Bakker & Tammy Faye Bakker?!?!?! Ew!!!!

87 days ago
39.

sophiastormy    

if i were him off shore his wealth.

87 days ago
40.

Darwin1987    

I'm a dialysis patient n waiting for a transplant at UCLA .. N that money would of help for research for kidney patients like my self that money would of help

87 days ago
41.

Jeems    

Magic Johnson set him up. Magic will end up owning the team. Just watch. Business is messy. Another slick move from magic. well done

87 days ago
42.

YoursTruly    

Willing to bet everyone who says they should have kept the money would have been the same people to say "So you don't like a racist but you'll take his money."

87 days ago
43.

Double Bubble    

Thats BS.. They are putting his words before kidney research and essentially saying that what he said is more important than the research or the people it could help.. That's disgusting.. Even if he was a racist, his money and generosity could help numerous people of all color. The kidney research was not only to benefit white people.. UCLA is out of line here..

87 days ago
44.

Jayne    

Y'all are forgetting that many researchers, professors, doctors and other big donors at UCLA are of color. Most highly intellectual peeps are offended by Sterling, deeply. I know I am.

87 days ago
45.

Kate    

This is just getting more and more ludicrous. Take the bigot's money and put it to good use, FFS. It's not like he said 'Don't give Magic Johnson a kidney!'

87 days ago
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