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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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241.

Becky    

First of all he was not on american soil. He is from that country,it's part of their culture. Americans have no right to tell him what he can or can't do. It's bad enough we come to this "free" country and you strip us of our culture and tell us to speak english a certain way or get out. and tell us we steal your jobs and what not. So when we arent on this soil leave us the hell alone!!! He didnt do this here so why does that even matter?

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242.

leni    

No one said it was illegal but it is immoral as all Hell I understand it's a cultural thing, that may excuse natives who have never left the country and don't know any better, it does NOT excuse these guys who expect Americans to make them fat and wealthy. I say that if they like visiting barbaric countries so much, let them live there.

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243.

Beth    

What is wrong with this, whether legal in the Dominican Republic or not, is that no one is taking into consideration the animals wellbeing and right to not be fought to death. I mean seriously, they were here first and we need to respect them.

2359 days ago
244.

AM    

It's legal there so whats the big story? If they were watching a bull fight or bull riding or were at a slaughter house would this still even be a story? Although I do think it is cruel to have animals fight to the death or watch as they are killed in an arena I still have no problem eating a chicken or cow or any other meat. so where exactly is the line between drawn as to what right?

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245.

Barbara    

It may be legal there but the power of the U.S. pursestrings speaks every language. Product endoresements, any affiliated merchandise, appearances.........We did it to Michael Vick. We can do it to this guy. NO $$$$$$$$$

2359 days ago
246.

brian scott miller    

This world is just about over anyway.

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247.

brian scott miller    

oh, by the way, they also make what appears to be glass talons for the birds feet to cut the other birds when they kick and claw at each other, but some people make poison talons that look like glass so when one bird scratches the other bird, the other bird dies from the poison. FACT!!!!!

2359 days ago
248.

chris    

BOXING, WE BEET OUR SELVES UP, UNTIL WE ARE BLOODY, ULTIMATE FIGHTING, UNTIL WE ARE BLOODY, FOOTBALL, HOCKEY ARE BOTH SUPER VIOLENT SPORTS.AGAIN BLOODY SPORTS AS WELL.....BUT AS LONG AS IT IS LEGAL HERE IN THE USA, NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING....NOW HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE PETA ORGANIZATION HAVE EVER BEEN TO THE DOMINICAN REP.... LET ALONE THE REST OF YOU HATERS.... WOW YOU JACKASSES ARE THE REASON WHY THE REST OF THE WORLD HATES US, AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.. REALLYDOES HATE US....MAYBE WE SHOULD START TO TAKE CARE OF BUISNESS IN OUR OWN BACK YARDS, OH THATS RIGHT, OPEN YOUR FREAKING EYES, JUST BECAUSE WE ARE FROM THE USA DOESN'T MAKE US RIGHT.....HELL WHATS WORSE, A COUPLE OF DOMINICANS MAKING CHICKENS FIGHT , OR OUR OWN COUNTRY MEN HELPING TERRORISTS ....-----DEMOLISH-----.THE WTC????? OPEN YOUR EYES JACKASSES.... YOU PEOPLE ARE LIKE SHEEP FOR CRYING OUT LOUD...

2359 days ago
249.

jo e. blow    

Nothing wrong with this since it is legal and accepted in that country. Do not try to be judgemental and attempt to pass your bleeding heart liberal views on to foreign cultures you have no idea aout.

2359 days ago
250.

Jon    

238. These guys are not Black Americans, they are low life Dominicans, so Number 233, we were not talking to you!

wow that's as racist as u calling Black people the N- word....how the hell u call people low lifes? U think u high and mighty u racist bastard?

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251.

VP    

@ #238, No, he may not be a Black American, but he is a Black Dominican. And I love how everyone is ignoring the Pink Elephant in the room... meaning, why are there so many ppl sticking up for this behavior, yet there were thousands of nasty, derogatory posts when Mike Vick abused animals. Some could argue that it is part of Black American urban culture to participate in dog fighting. What, is there now a pecking order (pardon the pun) among what constitutes as barbaric animal abuse?? Enough of the double standard. people! Since Mike Vick lost his spot on the team, endorsements, had to endure a humiliating trial, and be sentenced to prison for abusing animals, then SO MUST PEDRO!

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252.

Sir Nigel Buttercrumpet    

IGNORANT PIECE OF CRAP, I HOPE HE ROTS IN HELL

2359 days ago
253.

Jon    

248. The best thing that happened to Pedro was being "Biffed" in the noggin with a thrown baseball in the 2004 World Series parade in Boston.....Too bad it didnt knock any sense into that hollow head of his....What an idiot!!!!

Even though i hate Pedro with a passion ( I hate him even more for the fact he's on my team now) this doesnt mean he's an idiot for doing something that's part of his culture. And all u ignorant bastards think Dominicans are so uncivilized why don't u throw some money to the country we can live better.....oh yea, you idiots only think for yourselves and don't even like to help ur own country (btw I was born in the U.S. so before u racist pricks start telling me to go back to my country....I'm already in my country :P)

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254.

tatito76    

Dominican cave how do you know these animal have taped with razors/. May be you have done before?
By the way, do you know what happened to this animals after they did in a fight. They make a nice soup?

2359 days ago
255.

Kev Rok    

GIMME A BREAK!!!!! This is why almost every other country HATES AMERICA, because we don't know how to mind our own BIZNESS!!!! If this was happening in AMERICA than we have every right to critisze Pedro but it's not. It's taking place in his home country of D.R where it is perfectly legal to engage in this type of activity. He was raised with this happening and everyone being ok with it. Not even close to what Michael VIck did. Michael on the other hand was born and raised in the U.S so he shouldve known better. You guys really need to leave PEDRO alone. Learn how to mind your DAMN BIZ TMZ!!!!! You guys are CORRRRNYYYY!!!!

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