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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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Dr Love    

ok first off TMZ this video was made 2 years ago, long before Mr. Vick got caught, so i doubt Pedro could learn from something that had not happened yet. duh.

second, its legal there. weither people like it or not that culture accepts that type of behavior. If i go to Amsterdam and video tape a bunch of pro-athletes smoking pot, which is legal there btw, do they get busted by the media for using drugs that are legal there?

2453 days ago


So some of you are outraged at another's culture? If I we're to interfere in someone's culture, I'd start with the Muslims' Sharia Law, which include "honor killings"........ Maybe I'm old fashiond but I put people above chickens

2453 days ago


Did this guy not hear about michael vick? He didn't know about the public outrage?

2453 days ago


Martinez and Marichal are almost as cruel as the TMZ writers.

2453 days ago


I can't stand you

2453 days ago

Foreigner with a brain    

Such a bunch of ignorants writing here, I assume a lot of you eat chicken, have watched the World Wrestling Federation and know about the bullfights in Spain, so, shall we not kill chicken anymore in order to eat them? Shall Hullk Hogan and the WWF burn in hell? Should the whole spanish population be closed in jail? Think before making comments and judging people, no wonder you guys voted for George Bush....twice.

2453 days ago


dominican= DUMB IN A CAN

2453 days ago

now what    

soo what people, i bet 90% of u people that complain about this story eat chicken so i guess yous know the chicken you eat has to get killed.complain about that losers.

2453 days ago


Hey LIZZIE-------

Fist off---I AGREE WITH YOU!

PETA sucks and is a terrorist oranization.

But there is no excuse for filling up a whole screen with that stupid cut/paste junk. A three year old can do that.
Stop making us meat eaters look dumber than we need to.

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While it is a awful activity to participate in you cannot treat them the same as Vick. As stated these activities are a huge past time and legal where they live unlike the illegal dogfighting here. This better not get blown up like Vick's case that would just be rediculous. Seriously

2453 days ago

va loan    

say hello to my little friend lol

2453 days ago

Jeff O    

First of all, this was three years ago.. So "can" the Vick references..

Second, this is legal, and VERY popular in the DM.
I don't agree with it, but we have customs that appall other cultures...

This is why the world hates us.. When we try to force our way on other people

2453 days ago


Who cares?? Oh, PETA.......WHATEVER.

2453 days ago


63. http://www.gun-control-network.org/GF01.htm facts

Posted at 7:10PM on Feb 7th 2008 by smokeonit

Get your facts straight because you don't know a thing! Hopefully someday someone breaks into your house and you don't have a gun to protect yourself or your family. Then maybe you won't be so damn blind!

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