Former Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura says 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle shouldn't be remembered as a hero

Former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura dropped by Business Insider to talk about his new book, “Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto.”

The former Navy SEAL is embroiled in a lawsuit he brought against the estate of deceased “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. In his bestselling book, Kyle alleged that he physically assaulted a person he refers to in the book as “Scruff Face” after making offensive comments about the elite special forces unit. Kyle later said that “Scruff Face” was indeed Ventura.

Ventura said the incident never occurred, and he sued Kyle for defamation. A Minnesota court ruled in Ventura’s favour and awarded him $1.8 million in damages, but an appeals court threw out the verdict. Ventura now plans to seek a new trial with the US Supreme Court. 

We asked Ventura if he thinks Kyle should be remembered as a hero.

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