Convicted Felon and Former Governor Buys Pro Football Team

APRIL 15, 2005 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former governor Jim Guy Tucker is back in the entertainment business in Arkansas.

The 61-year-old Tucker, who once was part-owner of a cable television company serving suburban Little Rock, and businessman Steve Clary have bought majority ownership of the Arkansas Twisters.  The Arena Football 2 team plays its home games in Alltel Arena in North Little Rock.

Tucker resigned from office amid scandal and controversy in 1996 after his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges in a Whitewater-related trial.

Tucker and Clary purchased a majority interest in the Twisters from Little Rock-based Equity Broadcasting Corporation in October.  Equity had owned 100 percent of the team and retains a minority interest.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)