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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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226.

Dominican    

First of all I'm Dominican, i dont appriciate the comments that some of you are making, i dont condone this type of sport, but let's leave the nasty comment to yourself. Thank You

2348 days ago
227.

sam    

Unfortunately in the Latin community around the world this is a common sport and this man was raised to do this from the time he was a little boy. Vick's however is a born American and for sure knew what he was doing was very wrong and deserved prison time.

2348 days ago
228.

RAM    

I can see if he did it here in America. He went back home to HIS country and did it and we still got our panties in a wad! That is apart of their culture and traditions. But as we Americans always do....we but in other countries affairs and are quick to tell them they need to do it our way and they're wrong.

2348 days ago
229.

STOP THE ABUSE    

WHAT A COUPLE OF SICKO'S......
REAL MEN ARE KIND TO ANIMALS......

2348 days ago
230.

anon    

WHAT AN ASS.

2348 days ago
231.

haha    

BIg Friggin Deal. Oh no chickens fighting!!!!! Get over it, most of you eat chicken at least once a week.

2348 days ago
232.

tired of cry baby    

how come minorities come to America and wine about how we(the white man) disrespect there culture, but they come here and do not respect our ways? also to you less educated, P.R. is a commonwealth of the untied states.the people who come her sould have a little respect for our ways, it's a two way street. and they wonder why we want to build a fence, we've been pushed up against a wall. so Pedro, you make your money here so show a little respect to the white mans culture

2348 days ago
233.

Jay    

You've got to be kidding me. People on here are completely ignorant. It's a chicken. In the U.S. they would be on Kentucky Fried Chicken's menu as a 3 piece. Get over it. It's legal! Period!!! Talk about something more worthwhile like Clemens lying to Congress. Barry Bonds was slammed by the public for "allegedly" lying to Congress so let's do the same to Clemens. Or is there a racial line not to be crossed............................

2348 days ago
234.

gary wichard    

SICK AND WRONG SICK AND WRONG SICK AND WRONG.....

2348 days ago
235.

Angela    

Mr.Zimmerman,

Are you a saint, are you GOD himself?????

Are your thoughts pure and clean????

Do you eat chicken???

Are cows killed with a shot to the head so that you can have a nice porterhouse or a juicy hamburgers????????????

answer yourself those questions.

who's the savage loser???

2348 days ago
236.

Angela    

Why doesn't the media print how PEDRO MARTINEZ

2348 days ago
237.

tatito76    

Nice, it is a culture thing. You have to put your self in the Dominican people's position. I do not see nothing wrong with it. I am sick of people who give opinion base on what they think. You have to respect people culture. It is the same with horse racing or Bull fight (TOREROS) in Mexico, Europe and other places That' s animal cruelty also.
In horse racing You have someone hitting the horse with a stick in order to run faster. The horse is not making a decssion whether he wants to run or not. In horse racing many horses breaks their legs or even die during the ride. But it is legal in US and nobody cares. Perhaps money...../ or it is a racial issue.....

2348 days ago
238.

Angela    

oops ok i meant to say HOW COME THE MEDIA doesn't print about PEDRO MARTINEZ helping the poor, how he has built shcools for the children in the DR, how he has build many houses for the poor, how he has fed many families in dire need.

Go and focus on the good of people!!!!!!!!!

GOD bless you all.

2348 days ago
239.

Jay    

Too ignorant. I see racism is alive and well. It's easy to display your bigotry behind a terminal but you wouldn't dare to disrespect a Black American face to face. It's cowardly to do so from afar. I respect all American no matter what color but when you ask what's wrong with black men, the answer is idiots like yourself. We have to deal with you on a daily basis and since you can't see beyond color, you are marked as ignorant. There are serial killers that are white and I don't say "what's wrong with white men!" That would be a rascist statement. Let's stick to the moral topic and away from rascism because that is a bridge I's sure alot of you wouldn't cross alone.

2348 days ago
240.

Jay    

If that's the case, then every meat eater in the U.S. should apologize whenever they eat a steak, wings, or any other meat. They are killed also. What about trees? They are living organisms that even provide our oxygen to even exist on this planet. I'll bet you have a wooden table or live in a home where trees were chopped down in order to house you. Sounds ridiculous doesn't it? Well, if you are gonna be all for life, then don't straddle the fence when you bite down into that juicy hamburger.

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