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Sound Off: Does Jesse Ventura Deserve Flak for His Beef With Chris Kyle?


Former Navy SEAL (and former Minnesota governor) (and former pro wrestler) Jesse Ventura just wanted to give a speech about how legalized marijuana would created jobs and help fix the economy at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in New York City. Fox News host and self-described "political humorist" Jesse Watters had other ideas when he showed up at the event.

To recap: Jesse's not exactly a SEAL. The Navy Underwater Demolitions Team he served on in the 1970s was redesignated a SEAL team in the 1980s and the UDT guys that served with Ventura have also been included in the SEAL reunions.

That all changed when Chris Kyle wrote American Sniper. He describes a bar brawl with Ventura (called "Mr. Scruff Face" in the book) that started, according to Kyle, after Jesse declared that modern-day SEALs "deserved to lose few." Ventura sued for defamation and continued the lawsuit after Chris Kyle was murdered. He initially won a $1.8 million verdict but that was overturned, so he came away with nothing.

Ventura claims that no one will hire him because of the lawsuit. All his attempts to defend his good name have just made him an outcast in the SEAL community. The wrestler/politician severely underestimated the world's love for Chris Kyle and he's paid a huge price for his attack on a beloved American hero.

Ventura hasn't been able to find work and things got so bad that he turned to the Russian government-funded RT news network for a job.

Which gets us all to the Cannabis World Congress. Watters approached Ventura after his speech and asked a hilarious question: "Does President Trump need to get high?" Jesse tries to stay on message and answer the question in a way that serves his agenda (the wrestler was, after all, a remarkably successful populist politician).

Then Jesse Watters drops his bomb: "Were you high when you sued Chris Kyle's widow?"

The governor schools the younger Jesse on his version of the case and most emphatically refuses to apologize because "you only apologize when you've done something wrong."

See for yourself:


Do you have any sympathy for Jesse Ventura's one-man battle for his version of the truth? Do you believe him? Even if you don't think Chris Kyle's version of events is 100% accurate, is it still true that Ventura overreacted to the story in American Sniper? Does the former governor deserve a break or did he bring all of this strife on himself? Sound off!

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