The controversy in which he is currently embroiled was started when he made an appearance of the Opie and Andy radio program to talk about the book. A listener called in and told one of the radio hosts to ask Kyle about an incident involving Jesse Ventura and himself. At that point, Kyle related the story of the alleged bar fight in which he punched Ventura, knocking him to the floor.
Cynics among us may contend that the call-in to the show was a plant and designed to start a controversy that would sell books. This theory doesn’t seem to hold water because Kyle has not attempted to capitalize on it, whereas the publicity hungry Ventura has.
Currently, Ventura has filed a lawsuit against Kyle for defamation of character as well as a host of other charges.
What we do know about Kyle is that he was born in 1974 in Odessa, Texas. His mother was a Sunday school teacher and his dad a deacon. He received his first deer rifle at 8 years of age and later a shotgun for quail and pheasant hunting.
After graduating from school, Kyle pursued a career as a professional rodeo rider before joining the navy in1999.
Chris is a Navy SEAL and is the deadliest sniper in United States military history with 160 confirmed kills out of 255 total claimed kills.
Chris was assigned to SEAL Team 3 within the Naval Special Warfare Command. Fighting in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kyle served over four tours of duty. The insurgents named him Al-haitan Ramad which translates to The Devil of Rahmadi.
Kyle made a shot of 2,100 yards or 1.2 miles, with his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle, killing an insurgent with a rocket launcher. No wonder the insurgents had a bounty on his head.
The bounty came close to being collected when he was shot on two separate occasions and lived through six separate IED explosions.
Kyle received three Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with Valor for his service.
In 2009, after leaving the navy, Chris founded and operates Craft International, providing military and law enforcement sniper training as well as private security and protection.
I don’t know if he knocked Ventura down or not, and he doesn’t appear to care either.
I do know I am glad he’s on our side and I’m proud of his service.