Last Tuesday, Jesse Ventura won a defamation lawsuit against Chris Kyle’s estate to the tune of $1.8 million.
In the lawsuit, the former Minnesota governor challenged the veracity of a claim the slain Navy SEAL made in his book “American Sniper,” suggesting that Kyle punched Ventura in the face after Ventura said that the SEALs deserved to “lose a few” because of their involvement in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ventura is adamant that the incident never happened.
On CBS’s “This Morning,” Ventura spoke about what he would do with the money.
“Pay my lawyers,” Ventura said, noting that he acquired two years of attorney fees. “Like I said, I didn’t have an insurance company paying the freight for me, I had to pay my own.”
Ventura insisted that Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle, had her attorney fees paid for by an insurance company.
The former pro-wrestler also lamented that although he won the lawsuit, his reputation is forever damaged in the SEAL community.
“I’m already damaged,” he said. “I can’t go to a SEAL reunion anymore. That was the one place where I always felt safe. I can’t go there anymore without looking over my shoulder now wondering who is going to come after me next.”