Former Navy SEAL sniper instructor and author, Brandon Webb, has come forward to let Jesse Ventura know that he has crossed “a sacred line” by suing the estate of Chris Kyle for defamation. In case you’ve been living underneath a rock, former professional wrestler, Jesse Ventura, sued Chris Kyle for claims made in his 2006 novel, “American Sniper.” Kyle was slain at a Texas gun range last year, at which point Ventura did not drop the lawsuit, but instead went on to sue the Navy SEAL’s estate (i.e. his widow and two young sons).
Ventura has received unabashed ridicule for his move to sue Taya Kyle, not the least of which has come from other Navy SEALs. Webb, who is part of the “Naval Special Warfare” community, spoke out to let Jesse Ventura know exactly what he’s done:
…Because of NSW’s celebrity, it’s even more important for SEALs to look at how they conduct themselves in the public eye and on social media. “Will what I’m about to do reflect positively on the SEAL community?” It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot these days, and the crux of my problem with Jesse Ventura.
…The smartest thing I’ve heard come out of Jesse’s mouth was when he was quoted after the recent verdict saying, “There are no winners in this.” In fact, Jesse is the biggest loser in the end (next to the NSW community itself). This is a career ender for him, and an irrecoverable PR nightmare. His career as he used to know it is over.
…And if Ventura was really concerned about the truth, and not the money, he should have told Taya Kyle on the courthouse steps that the $1.8M was hers to keep now that his name was cleared. But people with financial motivations don’t make this move.
My problem with Jesse is not the alleged altercation between him and Chris, it’s about what happened after. Jesse (Janos) Ventura had plenty of opportunities to take the high ground in how he handled the situation. Instead, he made a series of bad decisions, the worst of which was to drag an American Hero’s widow and family in court, as if they haven’t suffered enough with their recent loss. As the father of three amazing children myself, I can’t imagine this scenario. It’s horrific.
This is a sacred line, not to be crossed, ever Janos, and you will now have to live with the long-term consequences including a SEAL community that is polarized against your actions.
My thoughts exactly. Do you agree with Brandon Webb? Tell us in the comments section!