Former Governor Robert Bentley spoke to us Friday for the first time since his resignation.
Reporter Ugochi Iloka caught up with Dr. Bentley at his Dermatology clinic. He's practicing again and offering free skin cancer screenings Saturday.
He also shared what life after being Governor is like. At first, the former Alabama Governor was reluctant to talk about it.
“I don't trust y'all, y'all the press, the way y'all have treated me in the past,” said Bentley.
He's talking about the media coverage surrounding his guilty plea involving campaign and ethics violations in connection to his relationship with former aide Rebekah Mason.
Ugochi: “Do you like it back in Tuscaloosa? Do people recognize you?”
Bentley: “I'm the most recognized person in the state of Alabama,” said Bentley.
But after letting him know we were more interested in what life after being Governor is like, Dr. Bentley warmed up to us.
Bentley: “I was in Birmingham yesterday. Everywhere I would go yesterday, you would hear people yelling there's the Governor, there's the Governor.”
When he moved back to Tuscaloosa, he described how welcoming everyone was.
Bentley: “People all wanted their pictures made. People have been just fantastic, people have been really sweet to me,” said Bentley.
Bentley dove right back into his dermatology work and hosting this free skin cancer screening. He says is a good start.
Bentley: “One of the things that I've noticed since I came back and went back into a practice, there was tremendous up tick in the number of skin cancers that I saw. So I'm back serving where I can serve the most right now so it's been great.”
The former Governor was required to do 100 hours of community service since his sentence.
Ugochi: Is this part of the court ordered community service, too?
Bentley: “I could probably use it for that but that's not why we're doing it, “ said Bentley.
According to Bentley's lawyer, he has not completed all of his community service hours, but he has completed all of the other terms of the agreement.
The free skin cancer screenings are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Dermatology Care of Alabama.
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