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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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61.

Chris    

Lets hope someone steps up and replaces it. HEY MEL GIBSON. Check to see if YOUR money is good.

176 days ago
62.

Whocatea123     

How stupid !! It's money to help those in need for kidney research ! And ur going to give it back ???? Ur idiots !!! It's money needed to help others and it's not dirty money it's hard earned money nothing shady about that ! What jokes !

176 days ago
63.

justmyopinion    

I wish racism was illegal. This man is pure evil!

176 days ago
64.

.    

Failing kidneys do not care if you're racist. Kidneys only care about research to prevent failure.
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Even it was Mafia money, get the research completed.

176 days ago
65.

Further    

California universities, including UCLA, only attract 20% white American students now anyway. The vast majority of students in California are mexicans and asians now.

176 days ago
66.

Lisa    

This is getting f---ing stupid.

176 days ago
67.

WinterIsComing    

Can't you guys just update one post? This is becoming TMZ Sports.

176 days ago
68.

wildstyle    

im sure the people with kidney problems would want the researchers to keep the money *facepalm

176 days ago
69.

Black Adam    

They think that they are hurting Sterling by giving the money back. What about the people that have Kidney disease. Black people , there are bigger issues going on around the world, than us whining about something an old crusty dude said in his House.

176 days ago
70.

justmyopinion    

Basket ball is susu

176 days ago
71.

pol    

This witch hunt has gotten out of control

176 days ago
72.

justmyopinion    

Basketball is supposed to be one the most diverse sport in this country! We will not allow racism to ruin it! This man is pure evil ! money or not!

176 days ago
73.

abby    

Perfect for sterling. He'll use that to pay the fine!

176 days ago
74.

Bill5martin    

What a bunch of idiots. It isn't dirty money & it makes no sense to turn down the money. It is like they want a pat on the back for not accepting money. That 3 million could have helped ALOT of people. I think turning it down is a disgrace. Many people have kidney issues & these idiots turn down 3 million to help research it. Nice fking job you morons. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. I don't agree with what he said, but Mark Cuban was right. Punishing someone for what they say in the privacy of their own home is a slippery slope. Everyone loves freedom of speech , until someone says something they don't like.

176 days ago
75.

Gordo    

Ok, we've officially entered *Cut your nose off to spite your face* territory
That money could benefit a lot of people
Money doesn't know race

176 days ago
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