MIDLOTHIAN Midlothian is the cement capital of Texas and Jesse Ventura just stepped in it.
'I think it's totally disgusting,' said Vietnam vet Don Radabaugh as he enjoyed a beer Wednesday at Ellis County BBQ. 'He should be ashamed of himself.'
The local backlash toward the former wrestler and Navy SEAL didn't stop there.
'I don't think Jesse Ventura would be welcome in Texas,' said restaurant owner Dennis Deweerd.
After the fatal shooting that killed former Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle, patrons of the restaurant raised thousands for his surviving wife, Taya Kyle, and their two children. Boat racer Marty Logan donated more than $100,000.
'Now, we have someone taking money from the widow,' he said. 'It's crazy.'
At the Mona Leigh Studio salon, where Taya Kyle is a customer, you could hear the shock at the $1.8 million verdict and heartache for the family.
'We all care for the family,' said Lorri Smith. 'It's heartbreaking that they're having to deal with this.'
There are signs all over Midlothian promoting a golf tournament for the American Legion Post renamed in honor of Kyle. Ventura probably shouldn't enter.
Kyle was killed at a gun range. In a recorded deposition before his death, the man known as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history stood by a passage in his book in which he claimed he hit Ventura at a California bar in 2006 after the former Minnesota governor made offensive statements against SEALs.
Ventura's attorney, David Bradley Olsen, said he believes Kyle's estate has earned more than $6 million from the book.
The Associated Press contributed to this report