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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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256.

eat deeze    

It's legal where he was doing it, plus unless you don't eat chicken, then you are just as bad, and on another note, the punishment Micheal Vick got was totally unfair, but that's the America we live in today? One stupid guy who was protesting had on "sheep skin" boots! ? wow!

2359 days ago
257.

you all eat chicken    

If you are going to put him down for this than Portest against KFC, Mcdonalds, Buger King
ya all eat chicken at least he is just putting them to fight you bunch of dumb asses. I swear who doesn't eat chicken
well Pam Anderson but thats because she is a chicken head-LOL

2359 days ago
258.

Aaron    

They do this down south all over the west indies..This is not animal cruelty..Please stop making people out to be monsters..Michael Vick is not a monster either!.He is just a man who has been doing something that has passed down from generation to generation...If this is cruelty then ESPN should stop showing white men hunting on there channel..They are doing it for the sport..Not for survival!

2359 days ago
259.

llamapie    

Wow seriously... you kill more organisms that you can't see than you even know just by itching your head or arm. Fricking hypocritical tree hugging terrorists. THEY'RE CHICKENS. FFS if you tear their head off they still run around... they're a stupid stupid animal. They're also a main source of food like cows. And what about all the plants you eat? You know how many creatures have died to grow that garbage? More than your bleeding heart can handle.

GO PEDRO, be a man not a metrosexual!

2359 days ago
260.

nagua    

I don't think this is inlegal, i grow up with this tradiction, unfurtunully , my tradiction it over and now everything it bad...
it like everybody have a tradiction, please be realisty, we are all diferent , with diferent culture, religion and tradictions....

2359 days ago
261.

Becky    

to #237"Dominicans are Cave people"
its funny how you are quick to tell me to go back where I came from. Im not even from the Dominican Republic I was born here in the U.S. and I embrace my latin culture as well as my american culture. i dont always agree with them but either way I would never force my culture on anyone especially when in another country! And you have obviously never been to the Domincan Republic, its a very beautiful place.(and also a very popular destination among americans.) Just as there are beautiful places in the U.S. there are also rat infested ones! The U.S. isnt perfect, no country is! Why don't you read #210 and maybe you can learn a little about another culture out there too and see how they might percieve what is legal to do here! You have to look at this from both sides. And as for your little "maid work" comment I thought immigrants were taking all the jobs here? is that the line of work you were wanting to do that we so ruthlessy took from under you?
and #224 maybe you shouldnt comment when you are drunk. We aren't talking about Puerto Rico!

2359 days ago
262.

Kool    

"which we refuse to show" yet you have no problem "showing" us a grieving father's face who just lost his son. what a joke

2359 days ago
263.

Joey    

Yeah for us it seems so barbaric but this is the norm in these countries. I've been to Puerto Rico and this stuff goes on everywhere. There's even an official gaming commision. And would you all put up the same to-do if this was about some Spanish athlete at a bull fight. There are people who think eating meat is just as bad and if you've seen those videos, you KNOW there worse. btw, how was that in-n-out burger you had for lunch today? If you want to see a barbaric sport, check out the next Tyson fight on ESPN, talk about animals.

2359 days ago
264.

Bryann    

soo what ? those chickens are gonna die sooner or later and you guys will be eating them hmmm chicken wings

2359 days ago
265.

Autumn    

YUMMY I LOVE CHICKEN DINNER I RAISE CHICKENS FOR EATING AND I ALWAYS GIVE THEM A RECIPE NAME LIKE NUGGETS AND ROAST AND FRIED YOU GET THE PICTURE F PETA THEY ARE BUTTINSKY LOSERS

2359 days ago
266.

Autumn    

I THINK ILL GO GET 2 MORE CHICKENS THIS WEEKEND AND ILL NAME ONE BUFFALO AND ONE BARBEQUE THAKS FOR THE IDEA

2359 days ago
267.

adam    

Big damn deal. It's roosters! It's legal there. It's not your country either. Lots of people in other countries don't like Americans that ride horses either. Your stupid ass political correctness is out of hand In the US. When and where does it stop.

2359 days ago
268.

Ray    

Big Deal! Number one it is legal there. Number two, do you eat chicken? and number three we love boxing in the US - how is that so different? I say big sticking deal. At least they don't electrocute the roosters so they fight better. Hummm, there is an idea!

2359 days ago
269.

Doug    

Non-issue.

2359 days ago
270.

marly    

You guys are probably licking the chicken grease off your fingers while you sit on your leather seats, and still you have the nerve to tisk, tisk, these people....well, they are watching these animals fight....YOU'RE EATING THEM!!!!

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