A NAVY Seal Warns Jesse Ventura: You Crossed a Sacred Line, You’ll Be Faced With The Consequences
Now that passions have subsided over the initial shock of the news that Jesse Ventura won his case against the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, the long term consequences of the case can be considered soberly and rationally. One NAVY Seal with special access to the “Naval Special Warfare” community spoke out to let Jesse Ventura know exactly what he’s done.
…Because of NSW’s celebrity, it’s even more important for SEALs to look at how they conduct themselves in the public eye and on social media. “Will what I’m about to do reflect positively on the SEAL community?” It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot these days, and the crux of my problem with Jesse Ventura.
Did Jesse ask himself this question when he decided to create a circus in the media surrounding his disagreement with Chris Kyle? I’d say that no, he did not. And when you look the way Jesse represents himself in the public sector these days, as a SEAL, it’s as far from professional as it gets. As Editor of this site I have made a lot of friends in the media, and many of them who’ve had close contact with Jesse don’t have high opinions of his demeanor.
The smartest thing I’ve heard come out of Jesse’s mouth was when he was quoted after the recent verdict saying, “There are no winners in this.” In fact, Jesse is the biggest loser in the end (next to the NSW community itself). This is a career ender for him, and an irrecoverable PR nightmare. His career as he used to know it is over.
So I’m not concerned with the “he said, he said” of what happened that night at McP’s Irish Pub in Coronado. A lot of people were drinking heavily and grieving a lost hero, and the stories are opaque at best. I’ve heard multiple versions of this story by now, and none of them match up, but such is the way we tell, elaborate and embellish stories. It’s human nature.
And if Ventura was really concerned about the truth, and not the money, he should have told Taya Kyle on the courthouse steps that the $1.8M was hers to keep now that his name was cleared. But people with financial motivations don’t make this move.
My problem with Jesse is not the alleged altercation between him and Chris, it’s about what happened after. Jesse (Janos) Ventura had plenty of opportunities to take the high ground in how he handled the situation. Instead, he made a series of bad decisions, the worst of which was to drag an American Hero’s widow and family in court, as if they haven’t suffered enough with their recent loss. As the father of three amazing children myself, I can’t imagine this scenario. It’s horrific.
This is a sacred line, not to be crossed, ever Janos, and you will now have to live with the long-term consequences including a SEAL community that is polarized against your actions.