Originally created 01/31/98

'Godfather' needs help 013198 - The Augusta Chronicle



This week's arrest of internationally-known entertainer James Brown on charges of firearms possession while under the influence of a controlled substance, and for possession of marijuana, underscores that the "Godfather of Soul" desperately needs help.

Aiken County sheriff's deputies handled the delayed arrest of the singer appropriately. They found the guns and pot at his house Jan. 15 when taking him into custody on a probate judge's order as a "mental transport." He was eventually admitted to Charter Rivers Behavioral Health Systems in Columbia and stayed six nights -- hardly enough time for proper treatment. (Lab results reveal he tested positive for the mind-altering drug PCP.)

We hope that our famous native son, to take a line from one of his songs, "gets back on the good foot." The court must ensure that "the hardest working man in show business" receives the professional help he needs before he hurts himself or someone else.

All of Augusta should rally behind James Brown, in the spirit of trying to help a gifted performer still grieving over the tragic loss of his wife.