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Pedro and the Cockfight -- The Horrifying Video

2/7/2008 8:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained the video of three-time Cy Young award winner Pedro Martinez at a cockfight with Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal in the Dominican Republic. Did Michael Vick not teach us all a lesson?


The video shows Mets star Martinez and Marichal serving as "soltadores" -- the people who release the animals into the death ring. As the fight goes on -- which we have chosen not to show -- Martinez and Marichal can be seen in the audience, smiling and laughing.

Cockfighting is legal and popular in the Dominican Republic.

It's unclear whose rooster won, but really -- does it matter?

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181.

Jenna    

There is no reason to say bad things about PETA...They do a great thing, and they help animals that have no voices...you men that look down on them for that are just twisted and mentally ill..Get help. Have feelings for something other than you're selfish fat ass. That's why men have such a bad reputation anymore..they don't care about ANYTHING. They have NO compassion. Worthless men, causing all of the chaos and problems in this world..you don't see women acting like that...how immature to ever degrade such a great organization...pure ignorance.

2364 days ago
182.

Jenna    

There is no reason to say bad things about PETA...They do a great thing, and they help animals that have no voices...you men that look down on them for that are just twisted and mentally ill..Get help. Have feelings for something other than you're selfish fat ass. That's why men have such a bad reputation anymore..they don't care about ANYTHING. They have NO compassion. Worthless men, causing all of the chaos and problems in this world..you don't see women acting like that...how immature to ever degrade such a great organization...pure ignorance.

2364 days ago
183.

Jenna    

There is no reason to say bad things about PETA...They do a great thing, and they help animals that have no voices...you men that look down on them for that are just twisted and mentally ill..Get help. Have feelings for something other than you're selfish fat ass. That's why men have such a bad reputation anymore..they don't care about ANYTHING. They have NO compassion. Worthless men, causing all of the chaos and problems in this world..you don't see women acting like that...how immature to ever degrade such a great organization...pure ignorance.

2364 days ago
184.

Jenna    

And same to you girls out there that have NO opinions on anything, or strong feelings towards anything, and just go by what your boyfriend says/thinks. PATHETIC. A lot of the girls on here sound like men. GET A BACKBONE, and stop agreeing with people just because your a FOLLOWER....!

2364 days ago
185.

Redneck Jim    

People this is NORMAl In many countries , I mean I eat beef jerky all the time , thats pretty bad and legal here...

2364 days ago
186.

MikeG    

Why is this so terrible? Cultures have different standards. What happens in Bull Fighting is much worse that the death that the bull experiences is extremely painful to watch. Yet, it's a culture thing. The bull fighting arenas sell out for every performance. Goodness, let's get a grip. These are not endangered species we are talking about here, and as stated by others, IT"S LEAGAL where they are from.

2364 days ago
187.

daniel    

maybe if they like the barbarism in dominican repblic they can row back and enjoy. before you leave donate your money to PETA. p.s. i'll buy you the boat.

2364 days ago
188.

Cartman    

What's so freakin horrifying about watching a guy place a chicken on the ground?

Besides, they eat the losers so what's the real issue here? That we're not allowed to play with our food? bwahahaha

Screw PETA, screw them in their asses. And fry me up some chicken, they look delicious!





2364 days ago
189.

harleygirl    

Different culture, and nobody here has ever eaten chicken? No brainer

2364 days ago
190.

Jenny    

Mallardman, you're not seriously comparing this chicken thing to the holocaust are you? Because there's no comparison at all. One is a cultural pastime that some find distasteful the way some find bullfighting distasteful. The other was the systematic extermination of 6 million people because of their religion. I don't see any connection.


2364 days ago
191.

harleygirl    

How many of you sanctimonous people have been out of your home town? How many of you eat chicken?

2364 days ago
192.

glynne1964    

ICK! That crap is just nasty!!!

I don't give a rat's a$$ if it is legal where he is from or where he is at. It's just STUPID and WRONG!!!

I, too, hope he spends eternity in hell being sliced with razors by chickens he tossed into the pit to fight!!! Remember karma's a *itch!!!! May she get him good, too!!!

I hope that the Hall of Fame SERIOUSLY considers pulling him. I mean is this really the example they want for the young people who are interested in baseball & the Hall of Fame. I HOPE NOT!!!! May someone go in & throw "chicken blood" on any memorabilia of his!!!!

2364 days ago
193.

Hilarious    

I hope Pedro learns his leeson here. Animal cruelty is wrong in any fashion. Him trying to defend himself by saying it is part of his culture is just no excuse in my book. His culture needs to evolve.

2364 days ago
194.

Big Lee    

We do far worst things to chickens every day.The industry pump them up with growth hormones, crowd them in filthy cramp cages, so we can have our K F C buckets. Lets not be HOLIER THAN THY.... Everyday we kill countless animals in shelters,
not to mention the people we are killing daily in Iraq.

2364 days ago
195.

truth be told    

Point is Yes we know the world is cruel but when is someone going to take a stand for others.. Others including animals. This world is run by greed and that disgusting spik thinks he's such a man but in the real world he would get his as$$ kicked since about 90% of men are bigger than him.. There is something wrong with people who need to abuse those smaller than them He is disgusting and will burn in hell!

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