Memesters Union

Ventura Awarded $1.8M From SEAL Sniper Kyle's Estate

Jul. 30, 2014

The late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, wrote in his book, “American Sniper,” about an altercation with former pro-wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Kyle alleged Ventura made disparaging remarks against Kyle’s fellow SEALs for which Kyle said he punched “scruff face.” Ventura denied the story and sued Kyle for defamation. When Kyle was murdered by a Marine he was helping with PTSD in 2013, Ventura’s suit transferred Kyle’s widow. On Tuesday, a jury awarded Ventura $1.8 million in damages. We hesitate to second guess the jury’s verdict on the high bar of defamation, even if it wasn’t unanimous, but Ventura is a Navy veteran who has frequently dubiously implied he was a SEAL, and he is a noted blame-America conspiracy theorist. To top it off, he’s still demanding sympathy in this case. On the other hand, Kyle served his country with honor. To punish his widow so severely for what may have been undue braggadocio just strikes us as wrong. More…

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