There’s A Reason They Called Bobby Heenan “The Brain”

Over the last year, former Gov. Jesse Ventura went to court against the estate of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, claiming – successfully, in court – that Kyle’s statements about him defamed him in the eyes of veterans. Especially SEALs, of which Ventura is a former member.

And then Ventura, rose to fame pretending to throw people around a ring, said (emphasis added)?:

A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying,” Ventura told The Associated Press from his winter home in Baja California, Mexico. He also noted that the movie isn’t playing there.

Ventura also dismissed the movie as propaganda because it conveys the false idea that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11 attacks. “It’s as authentic as ‘Dirty Harry,’” he said, referring to fictional movie series starring Clint Eastwood, the director of “American Sniper”

or perhaps it’s as authentic as professional wrestling.

So Ventura just spent $1 million trying to rebuild his reputation among veterans – and then he says this?

Who’s he going to sue now?

12 thoughts on “There’s A Reason They Called Bobby Heenan “The Brain”

  1. Let me get this straight; dancing around with a pink feather boa did not defame James Janos in the eyes of veterans, nor did his abyssmal performance as governor, but the idea that he’d taken a punch in a bar did?

    Strange times we live in.

  2. I wasn’t at the event, or the trial so I have nothing but intuition to substantiate it, but the verbiage allegedly used in the incident by “scruff face” sounds exactly like something Ventura would say.

    I do know from experience that after all the evidence has been presented, the Judge instructs the jury on how the law is to be applied, those jury instructions can turn a slam-dunk into a gotcha.

    Suffice it to say I remain unconvinced the event didn’t happen.

  3. Yoss, his legacy as Governor is summed up completely in the fact that his campaign promise to get concealed carry passed in Minnesota was fulfilled as soon as he got a permit.

  4. Even when he was running for mayor of Brooklyn Park it was all about him. His big problem with the “current regime” in BP was that it was pro-development, and Ventura didn’t want to see the woods where he played paint ball with his buddies go under the bulldozer.
    Yeah, I used to live in BP. Not when Ventura was mayor, but close enough.

  5. Did I fall asleep when I was watching American Snipper? I never heard one word of dialog that said Iraq was behind 9-11.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  6. Emery, please don’t keep sticking “Snopes” in my face. Only clueless yerbs reference it.

    “To the best of anyone’s knowledge at SOCOM, there were no West Coast SEALs deployed to Katrina.” Pffft. Oh, OK then.

    CNN reported snipers in New Orleans
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.impact/

    Like I said, we don’t know for sure, and all I’m going by is intuition.

    There is however 8 fellow SEALS that were there who backed Kyles’s version in sworn statements:

    “In a motion filed Tuesday, eight eyewitnesses provide sworn statements corroborating different parts of Kyle’s account of his throwdown with Minnesota’s ex-guv.

    …one of them, SEAL Jeremiah Dinnell says Ventura was “being a jackass.” “That’s when Chris punched him,” Dinnell wrote. “All of us wanted to. Chris was just the first one to pop him.”

    That’s 9 (counting Kyle) who say it’s so.
    James Janos is a big mouth who can’t see anything past the end of his own nose. He’s litigious as hell. I don’t believe him.

  7. Let me assume that Snopes is right, and rephrase my comment in light of Emery’s:

    Let me get this straight; dancing around with a pink feather boa did not defame James Janos in the eyes of veterans, nor did his abyssmal performance as governor, but the idea that he’d insulted the Seals in a bar did?

    Strange times we live in.

    Whatever the truth is, it works about the same in my view. Chris Kyle does not need to have been a perfect human being like Jesus for me to figure out that James Janos is a jackass.

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