UCLA to Reject Donald Sterling's $3 Mil Donation Pledge

The university announced it will return the initial $425,000 payment Sterling made, and will not accept the balance of the money.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

UCLA officials said today they are rejecting a $3 million donation pledge Clippers owner Donald Sterling recently made to the university for kidney research, saying the racially charged comments he made in a recorded telephone conversation were "divisive and hurtful."

The university announced it will return the initial $425,000 payment Sterling made, and will not accept the balance of the money, which had been earmarked for the university's Division of Nephrology.

"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," according to UCLA.

University officials said it they have been receiving inquiries about an advertisement that appeared in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, "falsely suggesting that it was UCLA publicly thanking him for the gift."

"The ad was placed by Mr. Sterling, not the university," according to UCLA.

--City News Service

Tom Jackson April 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Oh please spare me. Yes let's give back a donation that might help save someone's life because the donor who has not been proven to have even said what is on the illegal tape has been convicted and sentenced by our socialist mentality bleeding hearts in the media. When I was a child we called this cutting off your nose to spite your face. Clearly this is part of the new America lynch mob mentality. If I was the donor I would throw a big party with the money they give back and thumb my nose at Los Angeles and also hope and pray that my over paid players forfeited their pay as well.
Gary Gorlick April 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Question: when do we find the donor name plates on the walls of the Latrines?
martin marteen April 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Yes, this will really hurt Sterling. We espouse diversity, except for the Christian right, mormons, whites, and traditionalists and people who make racial comments. We never make negative comments about any one except the aforementioned. Thoughts and words have to be controlled.
Henderson Cooper April 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I see above that one commenter felt the decision was premature and wrong. Sorry, time has proven that it was not a premature decision. Or wrong. While Sterling is entitled to his racist feelings in his head and dark heart, they are best lived in the privacy of his bathroom and not exposed to stink up the world. But the greater point here is that, it is both a great decision by UCLA, and at the same time an unfortunate circumstance for the university. Certainly the school system could have used that money. So the ongoing point is that Donald Sterlings negative impact was even greater than to the Clippers team, but to other entities that needed good things like donations for their good works. Another point that has to be seen, Sterlings self promotion. It would appear that he simply used his money to make himself appear like a good person. His self promotion always bothered me, even before I learned of his dark side. And it seems he never intended for the good of society in his philanthropy. Truth is, he was not, is not, philanthropic.
Tom Jackson April 30, 2014 at 07:42 PM
What everyone here is missing is this guy is sly as a fox and a billionaire. He just made his poor verbally abused player worth a few million more. He paid 12 million for the team. Now with all the publicity the seats are full. All the bleeding hearts have come out to watch the playoffs. Black tee shirts and hoody sales have gone through the roof. The life time ban Is a joke considering this guy has one foot in the box and the other on a banana peel. With all this publicity he will get 500 million or more for his 12 million investment. I would love to get life time ban from my investments and go away and never set foot inside my business again. No wonder this guy has not apologized. He doesn't need to. Everyone including the media are acting like 4th graders.


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