Most people by now are aware that retired Navy S.E.A.L Chris Kyle has claimed that he struck Jesse Ventura, knocking him to the floor, in response to inappropriate comments made by Ventura.
In a nutshell, Kyle claims that Jesse made—among other similarly abrasive comments—that the S.E.A.L’s “deserve to lose a few guys” while Kyle and his fellow S.E.A.L’s were holding a wake for a fallen comrade.
Jesse maintains that the incident never happened and Kyle “manufactured” it as a publicity ploy to kick off the sales of his new book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.”
Ventura is suing for defamation, misappropriation of name and likeness and unjust enrichment. The standard of proof for people who have put themselves in the public eye as celebrities or government officials is very high and coupled with the initial reports that at least three witnesses have come forward; Jesse may have a weak case.
I believe my statement “whatever pops into Jesse’s head falls out of his mouth” indicates Jesse was fully capable of making the caustic comments and in my estimation, probably did. As in the TSA lawsuit, I don’t believe Ventura has a leg to stand on.
However, for too long a time into the near future, Jesse will search out every media opportunity to build his persona by exercising his self-promoting practice of; “whatever pops into Jesse’s head falls out of his mouth.”