The ruling in the defamation case against the estate of “American Sniper”, Chris Kyle, has rubbed many the wrong way. In an 8 to 2 decision, a jury awarded Jesse Ventura $1.8 million. Since the verdict was read, Ventura has been feeding off of the media frenzy, making statements and television appearances. Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, has largely stayed out of the public eye.
Ventura sat down with the hosts of CBS’ “This Morning” on Wednesday to plead his case. It was evident that the anchors of the program are not his biggest fans. Ventura spent the segment ranting about how he is the victim in all of this and Taya Kyle had all of her attorney’s fees paid for by the insurance company. When asked what he planned to do with his settlement money, Ventura snidely replied, “Pay my lawyers.”
Well, there you have it. Ventura has put a slain Navy SEAL’s family through Hell all so that he can pay his attorneys. Makes your stomach churn, doesn’t it? Kyle left behind a wife and two children who should have been allowed to mourn his loss and try to move on without a lawsuit looming over their heads.
Ventura’s attempt to clear his name seems to have backfired. In the court of public opinion, he has been branded a piece of scum for going after a fallen Navy SEAL’s widow. As he said himself, he will never be welcome at a SEAL reunion. The publicity generated from the outcome of the lawsuit will undoubtedly spur a sizable bump in sales of Kyle’s book, perpetuating the story which Ventura meant to squash.
Who’s side are you on in this situation? The ex-wrestler and former governor of Minnesota’s? Or the fallen Navy SEAL’s? Sound off in the comments section!
H/T: The Blaze