James Brown's family speaks out about Arena trouble

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, February 27, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, performed to sold out crowds around the world. Even when it was clear he'd danced his last step, there was standing room only at his funeral. Now the arena that bears his name is having trouble packing the house.

"Sometimes you have some problems in the house. You gotta get them fixed up," said daughter Deanna Brown.

The Brown family is speaking out for the first time. They say they're not asking for much: "Some hard work. Gotta get that elbow grease working. That's all," said Brown.

But some say the problem is too many chiefs and not enough Indians. The general manager and finance director are coming under fire by the 12 member Coliseum Authority.

"It really would run smooth if we had proper staffing then the work load would be much more easily distributed," said Margaret Ellis.

The finance department is a one woman operation. Margaret Ellis is also director of human resources with 107 employees on the payroll. After four months of Ellis pulling double-duty, the Coliseum Authority wants an audit.

"Sometimes you would have to be on the scene and in the department to see what actually goes on," said Ellis.

It's been about two years since the James Brown Arena sign was unveiled, and now this. What would James Brown would say?

"He wouldn't start singing 'I feel bad'," said Deanna Brown. She says the family is putting their confidence in the general manager, and they are hoping he'll get the arena back on the good foot. "Don't think the godfather ain't in heaven asking the Lord to make sure it gets worked out," said Deanna.


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  • by connie Location: california on Apr 29, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    all you family people need to bcak out the way and let little james 2 get what the god father left for him and his mother.if the god father had any thing for the rest of you god will make shoure you all get what is for you so back up and let god take over.
  • by mime on Feb 29, 2008 at 09:08 PM
    what is Deanna talking about she need to attend her own affair and take care of their business how many have they closed and reopen another one?
  • by myuownbuszness on Feb 29, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    what do you mean what would the godfather say his own matters was not in order when he died so there's nothing different about the arena it fits right in with everything else in his name.
  • by ANDRE Location: TEMPLE HILLS MD on Feb 28, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    ALL THE SONGS JAMES BROWN SINGS ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES NOW THIS. NO EDUCATION WHAT HE SINGS ABOUT ENDS UP WITH THIS MESS. NOW IT SHOWS WHY YOU NEED AN EDUCATION SO IF HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE HOW TO LEAVE YOUR WILL, YOUR ESTATE AND YOUR LEGACY SO IT WOULDN'T END UP LIKE THIS. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH.
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