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In his opening remarks, Olsen said that while Ventura was at the bar near San Diego in 2006, “There was no confrontation, and Chris Kyle made this story up.”
SEALs were attending a wake
In his book, Kyle wrote that he was attending a wake for a SEAL who had died in Iraq when Ventura, who was formerly with a demolition team connected to the SEALS, was also at the bar. He wrote that Ventura made derogatory remarks about then-President George Bush and U.S. policy in Iraq and said SEALs “deserved to lose a few.”
When Ventura started to swing at him, Kyle alleged, he punched Ventura and knocked him down, then left the bar.
Olson said he’d show that Kyle had developed multiple versions of the confrontation.
Borger told jurors he will have witnesses who will verify Kyle’s account of the bar fight and testify they heard the “insensitive comments.”
A five-hour video will be shown to jurors on Wednesday of a deposition Chris Kyle gave in connection with the lawsuit.
Ventura, a former pro wrestler who served as governor from 1999 to 2003, repeated Tuesday that he would not discuss the case with the news media until after the trial. But he talked amiably with two reporters when proceedings adjourned about his devotion to the Minnesota Lynx basketball team and his new diet.
He said he has season tickets and was convinced that the Lynx would “right the ship” when forward Rebekkah Brunson, who had knee surgery, gets healthy.
Ventura’s dark suit looked a little baggy, and it appeared he’d shed some pounds.
Asked about it, he said he’s doing 26 miles a week on an elliptical machine. Told that seemed boring, he said he does it while watching “The Price Is Right” TV show “with Drew” Carey or an occasional movie. He said he is on a diet, eating the same food, but drinking only water as opposed to sugary drinks.
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