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UCLA Rejects $3 Million Pledge by Donald Sterling for Kidney Research

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UCLA will return $425,000 recently donated by the Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation for kidney research and will cancel an agreement that would have brought Sterling’s gift to $3 million over seven years, the university announced Tuesday.


Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, April 21, 2014 at Staples Center. (Credit: Getty Images)

The university also denied Sterling’s previous boasts that his donation and pledge were supposed to lead UCLA to name a lab after him and his wife.

“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. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3-million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology,” UCLA spokeswoman Carol Stogsdill said in a statement.

The decision was announced soon after the NBA announced sanctions against Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, for recorded comments about African Americans.

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