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Continued: Defamation trial reveals somber side of former Gov. Jesse Ventura

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 25, 2014 - 1:08 PM

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to continue this lawsuit … especially against a widow,” testified Jeremiah Dinnell, a former Navy SEAL, now a sales manager. “There was no need for it.”

Knowing Ventura, Wodele said, he does not believe he would ever have made the remarks attributed to him at the bar that night. He said he sent a note of support to Ventura during the trial.

“It is a painful experience for the governor and his family, especially when you are not in the position to talk to the individual SEALs and tell them it didn’t happen,” Wodele says.

Lighter moments

There were lighter moments, especially in the early days of the trial that began July 8.

After one day’s proceedings, Ventura talked about wanting to lose weight, going from 240 to 210 pounds — not because he was overweight, but because he felt that he should weigh less as he grows older. He said that he was exercising daily but that he no longer follows his diet as a wrestler when he downed 40 raw eggs a day to gain muscle.

One day, when Ventura said he was very hungry at lunch break, a reporter suggested he consider bringing his own lunch.

“I don’t cook,” said Ventura.

“Maybe you could write a sequel to [‘Ain’t Got Time to Bleed’],” the reporter said. “You could call it ‘Ain’t Got Time to Cook.’ ”

Responded Ventura: “It would have to be called ‘Don’t Know How to Cook.’ ”

 

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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