Ventura: Job offers dried up after sniper’s memoir

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A newly unsealed deposition from former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura shows Ventura complaining about difficulty finding work after a Navy SEAL published a book he claims defamed him.

Ventura is suing the estate of Chris Kyle, a former sniper whose best-selling memoir includes a description of an alleged 2006 punch of Ventura by Kyle in a California bar. Ventura says the punch never happened.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/198S7zB) that when asked in the November deposition how the book damaged him, Ventura said his job offers dried up.

Ventura also said he worried about being seen as a traitor to the military. Kyle, who was shot and killed in Texas in February, wrote that he punched a celebrity who was badmouthing Navy SEALs and President George W. Bush.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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