Councilman breaks silence on $15K Mayweather controversy, but dodges questions from reporters
6:47 PM, Jun 5, 2013
7:53 PM, Jun 5, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Councilman Michael Brooks broke his silence about a controversial $15,000 payment of taxpayer funds, but would not answer questions from the media.
Brooks announced he would make a live radio statement on KPRT 1590 AM radio. The pastor at Zion Grove Baptist Church makes regular appearances on the station, but devoted the first portion of the broadcast to discussing the issue that has followed him for months.
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first reported back in December, $15,000 of taxpayer funds were supposed to help bring championship boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to town for an event where he would speak to local youth.
The organizer of the event was Ossco Bolton, the leader of an anti-violence group called P.O.S.S.E.
The check was immediately cashed by Bolton and the money was spent. However, the event never took place in December.
On the radio, Brooks defended Bolton and said he spent the money trying to promote the event and getting the boxer to sign a contract.
"Ossco Bolton has done some excellent work in this city and has done some excellent work with youth. His track record speaks for itself," Brooks said. "The investigation has proven there was nothing mismanaged with the money."