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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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46.

Vote2012    

Is Obama going to give back the money he accepted from Sterling? Sterling was a big money guy for Obama.

177 days ago
47.

Vote2012    

We all know this guy is a disgrace and absolute pig, but the NBA , the players and the sports media have known this guy is a hardcore racist, why didn't they bring this matter to peoples attention years ago? Why did the NBA tolerate him, and Obama and others gladly take his political donations?

177 days ago
48.

Justbeinghonest    

I don't agree with what he said in his racist rant, but the money is a contribution to kidney research which could help someone...just keep it and stay outta his mess

177 days ago
49.

BeiberVegasHoHo    

Kinda funny!! What's next? If your selling a home to a hooker or a drug dealer, u say sorry? I think you might do unethical things & dint share same values...

177 days ago
50.

kewljewl    

Its all about the money honey

177 days ago
51.

Chris    

http://time.com/79590/donald-sterling-kareem-abdul-jabbar-racism/

177 days ago
52.

Truth    

DAAAMN, FOTOSHOP DONE GOOD TO MAKE THAT RACIST OLD BITCH LOOK PASSABLE. ADOBE --> RACIALLY PROTECTED VERSION KKK 1.0. #TRUTH!!

177 days ago
53.

Faunmax    

How stupid, that money could be used to save someone's life, that person doesn't give a crap where it came from. This is just getting out of control.

177 days ago
54.

Chris    

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/04/29/tmz-official-no-comment-on-whether-we-paid-for-sterling-audio/

177 days ago
55.

Creedmoor    

The use of the word "colored" offends me deeply.

177 days ago
56.

Eye roll     

Sterling was a huge monetary supporter of Obama. Is Obama giving the money bank???? Get on it tmz. Find out. Since you won't let this story go.

177 days ago
57.

Sips    

Give me a break I wonder for real how many racist people donate to them every year I would keep the money it's for a really good cause

177 days ago
58.

Snowskier2012    

Give his money back and be done with him. Stiviano should be prosecuted as well for violating Penal Code Section 632 which is a felony. she should be charged for secretly taping a conversation where there was a reasonable expectation of privacy. If the DA does that we get a twofer. Two s***bags -a racist and a gold digging slut for the price of one event. A bargain in my view. Send her to county jail for a stint or put her on probation. She is felony stupid anyway.

177 days ago
59.

Mrs.Diaz    

His money is as green as anyone else's! It is absurd to refuse it, when it can be put to good use! This is ridiculous!

177 days ago
60.

YoursTruly    

Donald Sterling donated to the Obama administration so Obama should give the money back. I also am a complete liar and have nothing to back that fact up with.

177 days ago
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