Chris Kyle’s Ex-Roommate shocked by jury’s decision

Benjamin Smith, who was Chris Kyle’s roommate during their BUD/S training, reacted to the jury’s verdict that was released yesterday, awarding Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation lawsuit against Kyle’s estate.

Smith was shocked by the jury’s decision, saying, “I don’t understand, the facts of this are not that way, he [Chris Kyle] didn’t lie.”

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Robert March 17, 2017, 5:06 am

    In June of 2016 the courts reversed the case and are sending part back to the lower court but the larger portion which dealt with ‘unjust enrichment’ was found to not apply in this case at all so that’s history. That was $1.3 million of the verdict. In addition the publisher had insurance to cover the verdict so it wouldn’t have come from his estate anyway. Now we’ll see if Ventura has a decent bone in his body or continues his crap.

  • Ken Bennett March 10, 2017, 5:17 pm

    Jesse, May you burn in hell for this evil deed. This blood money from a widow will not do you any good. How can you rob a widow with little kids to raise?

  • Daniel January 30, 2017, 10:16 am

    I think that, under the circumstances, Mr. Ventura should have kept his ego in check.

  • Brian May 23, 2016, 2:34 am

    It’s difficult to win a defamation lawsuit since the burden of proof would have been on Gov. Ventura to prove that it didn’t happen. Apparently he did this to the court’s satisfaction. So, apparently Jesse and the court know what really happened. That’s why he won. Go figure. Don’t you believe that if it really happened like Mr. Kyle claimed the teammates who witnessed the incident would have come forward and set the record straight for the sake of his widow? The few seals I met in the Navy seemed like head-and-shoulders-above stand-up guys. Not the kind of guys who would be afraid to come forward with the truth. In fact, moral courage is supposedly a hallmark character trait for spec ops personnel. I have no reason to doubt that.

    I remember years back when Gov. Ventura ran for office there were detractors claiming that he wasn’t really a Navy seal. That was also shown to be untrue.

    As to the claim that his lawsuit was “despicable” as one or more radio hosts have insinuated…is ridiculous. These are certain media personalites who believe it isn’t “fair” since the lawsuit went against the estate of which Mr. Kyle’s widow would have been entitled, etc..

    Bottom line: it would seem Mr. Kyle was counting on the fact that Gov. Ventura, being a public figure, would not be able to successfully sue. So, if the story helped him sell a book, why not? Well, it didn’t work out like that and his widow is paying for Mr. Kyle’s bad decision. In a world where the concept of personal responsibility seems diluted at best…we still have courts to assess blame. Truth has a hard edge sometimes, and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

    The sadness of it all isn’t lost on me. Nor would I claim that Mr. Kyle was anything other than a bona fide war hero. It’s just a sad chain of events for everyone involved…no doubt.

    • Dave March 17, 2017, 3:02 am

      Excellent response! We weren’t there… and obviously Jesse didn’t get his ass kick for making those remarks against his fellow teammates! Really, in his defense this whole thing could be absolutely about the fact that he was said to have wished his fellow seals lives were lost…when he lived and fought to leave no brother behind. That not something you take lightly when you’ve risk your life to save your brothers and carried the fallen teammates out to see they make it home. I don’t believe he would have said anything negative about his fellow teammates as ludicrous as wishing death apon them… this concept goes against everything the guy ever stood for if you really think about it. And the fact remains if this was said for dramatic effect that its some real bullshit to say about a fellow brother…period.

  • larry August 6, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Jesse Ventura knows what really happened. Now he will have to live to live with that. Was the the money worth it Jesse?

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