Jesse Ventura Sets Sights on Wife of Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

In my opinion, the actions of Jesse Ventura are classless and dishonorable.  Chris Kyle is an American Hero and his wife Taya, an amazing woman.  The Kyles have both sacrificed for many amazing selfless causes.  Move on Ventura!

Ventura claims that damages from slain ex-SEAL Chris Kyle’s “American Sniper” continue.

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is setting his legal sights on the widow of a former Navy SEAL he had sued for defamation.

Lawyers for Ventura have asked a federal court to continue his lawsuit against Chris Kyle — who was killed in February by a young veteran he was mentoring — by substituting Kyle’s wife, Taya, as the defendant. Ventura last year sued Kyle, a decorated former SEAL and author of “American Sniper,” claiming that the book’s description of a California bar fight defamed him.

On Wednesday, Taya Kyle’s attorney filed a response to the motion, writing that Ventura’s move “comes as a disappointment, but no surprise.”

“Continuing this action will serve no useful purpose,” wrote Kyle’s attorney, John Borger of Minneapolis, “and likely will promote public perception of Jesse Ventura as someone who has little or no regard for the feelings and welfare of surviving family members of deceased war heroes.”

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About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.

73 comments
SeanOneill
SeanOneill

Ventura was never trained as a Navy SEAL! He was trained in Underwater Demolitions and was incorporated into the Navy SEALS in the 1970s. You stupid phucking fairy!!

SeanOneill
SeanOneill

Ventura never went through Navy SEAL training. He was in UDT (Underwater Demolition Tech) who's group was incorporated into the Navy SEALS in the 1970s, you stupid dick brain!

normklevens
normklevens

And you know most soldiers ? You and Ventura can take your $hit and put it where the sub does not shine.

warrren1234567
warrren1234567

Most soldiers don't like to talk about the people they killed but Kyle loved to. He lied about punching Ventura which leads me to believe he lied about a lot of things he said he did. Kyle was an asshole fuck him and his stupid widow.

abutom
abutom

I was taught never to kick a man when he is down. I lost a lot of fights because they got back up. At least i was cavalier.

This Judas from Minnesota kicks women when they are down. Not only women but widows. He should look in the mirror and dispatch himself doing the world a favor. Leeches and lawyers are identical twins. Any lawyer who would take that case will be in Dante's inferno. I wish that dear widow a rematch . I wish Jesse the rat a reduced award. THIRTY PIECES OF FAKE SILVER WITH A GUTTER VALUE OF $1.39 and an autographed copy of how to be a real American.

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GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: Kyle was a perfect person and an utterly honest one.

How do we know that? While I agree that Kyle is a war hero and I respect that he tragically died while trying to help out a troubled fellow veteran, let’s not assume that because he is a war hero, he can do no wrong.

Specifically: Whatever happened to the repeated claim that the book’s proceeds would go/had gone to charity, benefiting the families of his fallen friends?

Consider what Kyle’s publisher wrote after his tragic passing: “He dedicated his life in recent years to supporting veterans and donated the proceeds of American Sniper to the families of his fallen friends” (italics mine). An article in the Blaze definitively proclaimed: “A perfect reflection of his character, Kyle gave all proceeds from his best-selling book American Sniper to the families of soldiers killed in combat” (italics mine). Or this line from a Human Events article: “For American Sniper, Kyle donated the profits from that book to charity.” Kyle himself perpetuated this idea, telling the same proceeds-went-to-charity tale to the Texas News Service and even adding that he regularly received tearful calls and letters of thanks.

And now for the kicker: It isn’t true. Out of the staggering $3 million that American Sniper collected in royalties for Kyle, only $52,000 actually went to the families of fallen servicemen. (Rather than 100 percent of the proceeds, as the public was led to believe, try 2 percent!) While Kyle’s widow claimed, in her testimony, that they never intended to profit from the book, and “wanted” to donate the money to other veterans, she said they were weren’t able to because of — get this! — “gift-tax laws that prevented them from donating more than $13,000 each to two families last year.”

When Ventura’s attorney asked why they did not simply create a nonprofit (standard practice) to be able to give away the money without gift-tax concerns, Kyle said she had not had the time to set up such a nonprofit.

Separately, she noted: “We are trying to find the right places and not just throw it away.”

It’s true that giving money away effectively is more challenging than many people realize. But it’s hard to believe neither of the Kyles was able to sort this problem out: Surely it is quite easy to locate the struggling families of fallen servicemen. And the challenges of setting up a nonprofit don’t excuse the Kyles’ and the publisher’s strongly implying, and allowing others to claim unambiguously, that they were giving all the money away when this was clearly not true.

Why is there no concern for those families of other veterans — many of whom, unlike Kyle’s supposedly destitute widow, probably are struggling financially? Do those families, who were supposed to receive help, not matter?

So what does this all demonstrate, and why should it matter?

For one, Americans are showing a disturbing level of either support or disregard for the legal system — based solely on what they think of the parties involved. That is a dangerous approach. It’s against the fundamentals of justice to decide how you feel about a case based on how much you like the defendant or plaintiff, rather than the facts.

More important, however, it demonstrates a worrisome level of blind hero worship. The idea that, because Kyle served his country bravely and honorably, he was therefore always honorable in all aspects of his life, and can do no wrong, ever, is preposterous. As Pocket Full of Liberty’s editor Skyler Mann wondered: “Not about Chris Kyle in particular but the hullaboo makes me wonder: if a veteran does something super sh**** is it OK because s/he’s a vet?”

A jury, with far more information than we the public have (including the chance to listen to witness testimony and watch Kyle’s deposition), essentially found that Kyle lied. The fact that many conservatives are furiously shaking their heads, refusing to accept this, and taking it even further by attacking Ventura for daring to clear his name is extremely disturbing. Ventura is the jerk for suing to restore his reputation — not Chris Kyle for lying and making an easy target sound like a demon, for the sake of financial gain and publicity.

Got it, that makes perfect sense. We supported George Zimmerman’s defamation lawsuit, but not Jesse Ventura’s. Apparently, it’s not the merits or facts of the case, but rather how likeable the parties are, that determines whom American public opinion supports. Listening to the outrage brigade on social media, big on demagoguery but short on facts, one can conclude that (a) widows can never be sued nor are capable of unjustly profiting and (b) war heroes are perfect in every regard of their lives, forever.

This is blind hero worship, at its most embarrassing.

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: Ventura couldn’t have possibly incurred damage to his reputation because his reputation was already ruined.

This argument is too illogical to address, but let me take a crack at it: Your reputation can always get worse.Ventura may have been considered nutty and a crackpot by some (personally, I don’t appreciate his 9/11 theories and strongly disagree with them), but he was not a hated figure. After Kyle’s story got national attention, Ventura was not only despised by many Americans but even hated by his own fellow veterans:

A petition circulated in 2013 seeking to have Ventura removed from the Underwater Demolition Team-SEAL Association, citing the events described in Kyle’s book and Ventura’s pursuit of the lawsuit after Kyle’s death. Dozens of military personnel signed it.

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: Ventura’s witnesses were probably just lying to protect him.

Apart from the logical flaw in inferring that only Ventura’s witnesses would lie for him and not Kyle’s, consider the testimony of Bill and Charlene DeWitt, two witnesses who were at the bar the night of the “fight”:

Bill DeWitt has known Ventura since the two underwent Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training together in 1969. . . . The DeWitts, Ventura and other BUD/S classmates . . . convened at McP’s bar the night before the ceremony — the same night Kyle and his colleagues were at the bar for the wake of slain SEAL Michael Monsoor. . . . ”I was eavesdropping on Jesse,” [Charlene DeWitt] said. She heard him criticize the war in Iraq but didn’t hear him badmouth fallen soldiers or argue with younger servicemen. She said she didn’t see him get into a fistfight or sport a black eye or bruised face in the following days. . . . Bill DeWitt also testified that he hadn’t seen or heard any of the events described in the book.

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: Even if Kyle lied about Ventura, his book sales weren’t significantly increased by that story, so Kyle did not profit from the defamation.

Wrong! In fact, the book made national headlines largely — and probably only — because of the salacious story about Ventura. Don’t believe me? No worries — take Kyle’s publicist’s word for it. At the time, the publicist remarked that the story was making the book’s sales “go crazy.”

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: Kyle is dead so he never had a chance to defend himself or present his side at trial!

Actually, while alive, Kyle had a chance to sit for a lengthy deposition, providing nearly five hours of video-deposition testimony that was shown to the jury.

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: Taya Kyle and the kids are now broke because of Ventura! I hope someone is setting up a fund for them!

Ms. Kyle is a multimillionaire. With the $500,000 defamation portion of the award covered by libel insurance, only $1.3 million will come out of the Kyle estate (and that’s assuming the judge even upholds that portion of the award). In light of the reported $6 million in book profits, not to mention potential profits from future book royalties (once the movie releases in 2015, the book is sure to rocket in sales again), and Kyle’s no doubt robust life-insurance policies, to claim that this is cruel or a hardship on a destitute widow is ill informed and disingenuous.

Ventura noted on CBS This Morning Wednesday: “Taya Kyle had all of her attorney fees paid by insurance. I did not. I incurred two and a half years of lawyer fees that I have to pay to clear my name, and she had insurance paying everything for her. It was me against an insurance company.” Ventura added that he will use the winnings to pay off his attorneys’ fees.

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: It’s just a case of he said vs. he said so we have no way of knowing who lied.

Actually no. There were multiple witnesses, called by both sides. Clearly, the jury found Ventura’s witnesses believable and not Kyle’s.

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: The jury must have gotten it wrong.

Yes, juries sometimes get it wrong. (Though, statistics show, not often – if you want stupidity, check out judges’ findings.) But common sense would tell you that Ventura’s case must have been exceptionally strong and Kyle’s case extremely weak if the jury held in favor of Ventura. Defamation is notoriously hard to prove, and juries do not easily find against a young widow (who cried on the stand multiple times) or a fallen war hero, let alone both.

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

MYTH: He sued a widow! What a monster!

CNN’s Anderson Cooper got in on the outrage game, tweeting: “I cannot believe that Jesse Ventura successfully sued the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL. Has he no shame?”

Whoa, there. Ventura sued Kyle in 2012. Kyle died, tragically, about a year later. The lawsuit then shifted to Chris Kyle’s estate, for which his wife, Taya, is the executor. It is utterly normal for a lawsuit to shift onto the estate, especially when the estate has profited from the issue in dispute. Considering Taya herself has profited from the book (earnings are estimated at a whopping $6 million, thanks to royalties and rights), it stands to reason that the shift is appropriate.

Consider this: A decorated veteran publishes a book saying he fought with someone in a bar after hearing the man say he worshiped the devil and/or thinks child molesters are fine. During the book tour, the author is asked to identify the monster and names you. It makes headlines, helping propel the book’s sales. You file a defamation suit and, roughly a year later, the author/veteran unexpectedly dies. His multimillion dollar estate goes to his wife, an estate largely consisting of profits from the book that defamed you. Do you drop the suit?

Of course not.

SEAL76
SEAL76

Jesse Ventura (James Janos) has gone off the rails since his days as a Pro Wrestler. He has turned into a 1srt Class Asshole. He is making beau coup bucks from his books and radio shows etc. He needs to drop the suit and leave Taya Kyle alone. He will never be welcomed at a a UDT/SEAL function again. I know if I was cut off from the brotherhood it would kill me. Apparently it does not bother JV.

nklevens3
nklevens3

Just finished reading American Sniper and as it did not have an ending, went to the internet. Knew who Ventura was a long time ago, before this stunt. but slime can get dirtier. RIP HERO CHRIS KYLE. Wish I could have been half the man you were.

broncobilly
broncobilly

A better name for him is Jesse "The Bonehead" Ventura. What an ass-- suing the wife of a real American patriot over a note in Chris Kyle's book that he knocked this phony on his ass. He should be ashamed of himself, but he passed on that hurdle a long time ago.

lion2214
lion2214

Jesse Ventura should be ashamed of himself. He's a fraud. He's just another one of those far left wing nuts who has a problem with the United States. He claims to be independent or libertarian, I don't remember which but it doesn't matter. He's neither one because he's a fraud. He's low life scum.

cbboss
cbboss

Understand there is a world where we don't cry outside our boundries.  You get your ass kicked for doing something stupid... you lift your chin and take it.  You shut up, then go on.   This failure did not adhere to code, and is an embarrassment.  

cbboss
cbboss

Regardless.  It was between Chris and the Loser.  Leave the wife/widow alone.  This guy suing the widow is now showing how he is the lowest form of crap.  I applaud Castro over this dipshit.

Trust_no_1
Trust_no_1

He was in US Navy Underwater Demolition Team during 1970-1975 in Vietnam war which was the precursor to the Navy Seals. The name Navy Seal didn't come into play for that role until 1983. So he is a some what of a founding father so show the man a little more respect. And he is suing to clear his name not for the money.

tforre575
tforre575

Jesse Ventura is and always has been a fraud. Now he's sunk about as low as anyone could in bringing a lawsuit against an American hero and a deceased one at that. What a crumb.

1911 mike
1911 mike

He was "NEVER" "NEVER" a Navy SEAL. Google it and you'll see he was "NEVER" a SEAL!! That's from one REAL NAVY SEAL!! F&$K OFF Jessie you fricking creep.............

MickBrad
MickBrad

Jessie "The Ass" Ventura isn't worthy of wiping the sweat off of a real heroes balls!

CliffordSevier
CliffordSevier

Ask Jesse if he still lives in America. He would not make a Pimple on a true Navy Seals ass.

USA RET SGM

Sevier (Airborne)

ChgoGirl
ChgoGirl

Is this sleaze looking for another "15 minutes of fame"?  What a cheap shot.

SeanOneill
SeanOneill

And Ventura wasn't trained as a SEAL!He was an underwater demolition man that was incorporated into the Navy SEALS.This jerk is a phony turd.Look it up!!

Laurel A
Laurel A

Jesse's cheese slid off his cracker a long time ago. I hope Mrs. Kyle takes him out.

ScottHanson
ScottHanson

@SeanOneill Actually, He did.

Both UDT and Seals go through BUD/S 
Want to take a stab at what the "UD" stands for in both BUD/S and UDT?


Doesn't change the fact that he's a total ASSHAT that has earned the ire of all SEALS everywhere for what he's done and become. But yes... he did go through and graduate the training.

As Don Shipley said... during that time when Ventura when through the pipeline it was basically like this.... Upon graduation, they just went down the line and each recruit was alternately told, "You're a SEAL, You're  UDT, You're SEAL, You're UDT..." and so on.
The only thing that changed Ventura from being UDT rather than SEAL was his place in the lineup.



StephenRobinson3
StephenRobinson3

@SeanOneill Wow!! Do people like you just go to blogs and think that what is said on those sites is the gospel truth or do you just not want to believe the guy is a Seal. Lets look at what real seals say about James Janos AKA Jesse Ventura. Brandon Webb, A Navy Seal who doesn't take kindly to Jesse "the Gov" these days, wrote an article on the status of Jesse Ventura being a Seal and he said " The UDT’s and SEALs are essentially one and the same. It’s why the UDT is still part of the training acronym BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL)." (http://sofrep.com/36086/truth-jesse-venturas-navy-seal-status/#ixzz3D9Aeevwo). Don Shipley, a Retired Senior Chief (Seal) that bust phony Navy Seals, said that Jesse Ventura is indeed a Seal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeO1DUtnKsE). Just because you don't like the guy, that doesn't give you the right to besmirch his accomplishments. 



ScottHanson
ScottHanson

@warrren1234567
Nice trolling asshole.

Kyle didn't "brag" that's YOUR euphemism.. not reality.
And the incident was not a lie. Ventura had his clock cleaned for mouthing off at the wake of a MoH Fallen SEAL.

And you attack the widow as being "stupid"

You are not even worthy of mention Kyle's name much less badmouthing him.

You have only shown publicly that you are a pathetic asshat.

scandicci1
scandicci1

@GernBlansten I have met SEALs that served in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are people like the rest of us. Yes, they are trained commandos that are very patriotic and this gives them a mystique. But, like one famous SEAL says himself, 99.9% of the time a SEAL's moral compass is pointing due north; but sometimes they do bad things. Afterall, these guys become SEALs because they get to carry a gun and blow things up. Thank you @GernBlansten for injecting some common sense into what is a completely polarized debate with both sides completely out of touch with reality. Mrs. Kyle is set for life and yet support groups and organizers continue to find resources for her to deal with this awful situation brought on by the 'unscrupulous' Ventura. If someone had lied about me and gained from it while defaming me I would take legal action too. Kyle lost her husband. That is a tragedy. She is not destitute. Soon Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' will hit screens with Bradley Cooper playing C. Kyle. How much will Kyle receive from that movie deal?

StephenRobinson3
StephenRobinson3

@GernBlansten Thank you for finally injecting some common sense into the subject. I used to think that Navy Seals were rational human beings but seeing how current and former Navy Seals have been treating Ventura for trying to clear his name almost makes me want to vomit.

ChgoGirl
ChgoGirl

@GernBlansten - When one lives their life in the 'public eye' perhaps they should give more thought to what they do & say.  This wasn't & won't be the last incident concerning jessie ventura that makes him look or sound like the low life he is.  It's too bad his financial situation is in such dire straits that he had to sue Kyle in the first place & than not to have dropped the suit after Kyle's death. This was nothing more than a 'CHEAP SHOT'. 

nklevens3
nklevens3

@SEAL76 Tell me if you care to why are some lambasting Marcus Luttrell for his book. which was so much more than one really bad day ?

nklevens3
nklevens3

@dudewhat guess you have not been alive long enough to know there is always some fool to write a URl like the one you just pushed. When you open that door, he will kick your as

SEAL76
SEAL76

@Trust_no_1  The US Navy SEALs were commissioned on January 1st 1962, I was in BUD/S Class 57 and Jim Janos aka Jesse Ventura was in Class 58. He went to UDT 12 and I went to SEAL Team ONE. Jesse didn't want anything to do with the SEALs or our operations in Vietnam. He did go in country for a few days but was not in combat to the best of my knowledge. He now implies that he was a SEAL and that he was a combatant. His behavior in regard to Mrs. Kyle has alienated him from UDTs and SEALs past and present.

TommyStraight
TommyStraight

@Trust_no_1  well if you SUE like a PUNK because they said you are a PUNK . respect is no longer owed !

JimBancroft
JimBancroft

@Trust_no_1 You need to learn your history. SEAL teams were created by President John Kennedy in 1962 or so, not 1983. I saw Navy SEAL teams as a Marine in 1981, myself, and deployed with them on our ship, too.

ScottHanson
ScottHanson

@Trust_no_1 
Yes, he was UDT, and UDT and SEALs both went through same training.

However he has no name to clear. Multiple witnesses bear out Kyle's story as true. Jesse the Duchebag Venture needs to get beat within an inch of his lief over what he said.

And he has ZERO business suing Kyle's Widow. That's just more evidence of his Duchebaggery.

What respect he has earned from being a UDT, he has more than lost for his actions since.

normklevens
normklevens

@ScottHanson @SeanOneill Have read books about Adam Brown, Travis Manion, Brandon Looney, Billy Vaughn, Chris Kyle, Marcus Luttrell and Green Berets in Afghanistan in 2002. Ventura may have compared to them once in the 70's but he is a money grubbing fool today and nothing more than an America hating ahole

Norm3
Norm3

@scandicci1 @GernBlansten All of that cannot be argued about. Except that the plaintiff in the lawsuit is one that has a track record of lying, of cheating the truth 911 was an inside job ? The man who fought for America, as a UDT, likes to defame America,himself. And a law suit is not only about money.

normklevens
normklevens

@StephenRobinson3 @GernBlansten Must be a flaw in the system; I received the comment from2GernBlansten. However kick me in the ass; how does one clear his name by throwing dirt on one's grave and harming the dead SEAL's wife ?

GernBlansten
GernBlansten

@ChgoGirl @GernBlansten Waaaa waaaa waaa

I guess it is ok for a Navy seal to lie about another Navy seal? You are ok with that?

What is wrong with you people? Kyle is proven in a court of law to have defamed a fellow Navy man!

Sounds like Blind Hero Worship on your part.

Quit being such a pansy, Kyle was a PROVEN LIAR!!!

normklevens
normklevens

@GernBlansten @ChgoGirl Lady I do not know who the fork you are but look up the word defame. To make fun of is not to defame just because some jury says it is. SEALS joke with one another, beat each other with fists and then get drunk together after calling each other a bi itch. They do not lie; they swear an oath on their lives to tell the truth. And Ventura was not a Navy SEAL. Now come back with some more stupid hero worship like a big lib does and then feel good for a minute; then go back to feeling sorry for yourself. 

ScottHanson
ScottHanson

@GernBlansten 

Ventura defames himself. He claims that because of Kyle's statement, that Ventura has lost out financially for lack of job opportunities.

Ventura's lack of job opportunities is because he's a raving lunatic conspiracy moron.
(Oh NOES!!! Now Ventura's gonna sue me! Oh what shall I do!?!?!)

The event at the Bar DID happen. Ventura deserved getting his ticket punched.

If anything, Ventura was Defaming the SEALS when he got clocked.