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UCLA rejects Donald Sterling gift amidst racism scandal

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Sterling made racist remarks to his girlfriend. (©GettyImages)
Sterling made racist remarks to his girlfriend. (©GettyImages).

UCLA have joined the number of organizations turning their back on LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling in the wake of his life time ban from the NBA.

UCLA will give back $425,000 initial payment on a  multi million dollar gift from Sterling reports Diamond Leung.

Leung, a beat writer for the Golden State Warriors tweeted: "UCLA has announced it has returned $425,000 initial payment of a $3 million pledge from Donald Sterling in support of kidney research."

The university has also clarified that an ad in the Sunday LA Times thanking Sterling for the gift was placed by the businessman himself and not by the institution.

In addition to Sterling's lifetime ban, the owner of the Clippers will also pay $2.5 million in a fine to the league, the maximum amount allowed under NBA rules.

It is thought that NBA franchise owners will vote unanimously to force Sterling to sell the team, a three-quarters majority is needed to force the sale.

Sterling may also be forced to sell through the amount of companies either suspending or cancelling their relationship with the team.

Red Bull, State Farm, Virgin America and Kia are among those companies to speak out against the racist remarks made by Sterling in a recording, released last weekend.

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