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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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76.

tmz fan    

let's eat!

2417 days ago
77.

jaz    

This is legal and popular in Puerto Rico (US Territory). I don't see anyone down here protesting.

2417 days ago
78.

beth    

The bird fighters in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic are in business with each other

This is business. Big gambling money

And Pedro hasn't been paying taxes on any of it

2417 days ago
79.

katie    

Geez people- they are just frickin BIRDS! Ever seen "Chicken George" in the roots series? Back then people weren't so uptight and PETA did not exist. Fighting animals has culture to it. I am so sick of everyone acting like animals are equal to humans! Bunch of NUTS!

2417 days ago
80.

Seriously    

LIZZIE,

Go take your medicine. It is obviously late, Rain Man.

2417 days ago
81.

T    

WHO THE F*** CARES IF IT'S LEGAL WHERE HE'S DOING AT? AND WHY SHOULD/WOULD THAT AFFECT HIS CAREER HERE IF HE WAS NOT IN THE U.S. DOING THAT? YOU PEOPLE ARE F'N RETARDED!

2417 days ago
82.

LIZZIE    

POINT MADE, NOW TMZ CAN ERASE MY VERY LONG COMMENT = )

2417 days ago
83.

Flynn    

Chickens are not exactly the biggest, brightest animal in the farm.

They pretty much have the same mentality as bugs, who coincidentally are also "living, breathing, creatures."

I squished a bee today, so maybe you should come hang me up and let the bee's attack my body, right?
That's not barbaric at all.

If people were to care even half as much about other people as they do animals, the world would be a more united front.

P.S. Here in the good ol' U,S, of A we slaughter thousands, upon thousands of chickens every day. And then we eat them. There delicious, but I'm sure you already know that because you've probably eaten one before, right?

How barbaric of you.

Hypocrites.

2417 days ago
84.

Seriously    

EVERYONE knows that those PETA people suffer from serious and debilitating personality disorders that are multiple and varied. Come on, it's common knowledge. Do I give a frog's ass about some guys going to their homeland, and playing chicken, their favorite childhood pass time? NO.....I do not give a frog's ass.

2417 days ago
85.

Felonious Monk    

*****59.
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?

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

*******

YES, you dumb ass, they do.

2417 days ago
86.

truthiness    

LMAO at all these simple-minded "animal rights activist" on TMZ. To you idiots a animal should have more rights than a human being!! It's hilarious when you have people who are uneducated, are racist against white, black, latino, asian, etc, yet demand animals like chickens to have rights! I hope they bbq the chicken after it lost the fight. At least that way they can have entertainment and refreshments.

2417 days ago
87.

kim suck    

80. typical ni gger

Posted at 7:29PM on Feb 7th 2008 by jessie jackson

YOU CAN NOT SAY THAT WORD!!! Don't you know what month it is??

2417 days ago
88.

Average Joe    

TMZ should stick to covering when Britney Spears has bowel movements or when Lindsay Lohan sneezes. Leave covering pro athletes to sports writers. Also, the USA will become a better place when this website is shut down and every last leach harrasing people with cameras is dealt with.

2417 days ago
89.

Justme    

Shut up hoes. It's legal in the Dominican Republic. Not a thing wrong with it. Now go get a life. :) Thanks...

2417 days ago
90.

BoogieDownJenny    

I do not think it is right, but it is legal in his country. Stop Bellyaching. Peta can suck some nutz

2417 days ago
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