Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: PEDRO MARTINEZ LIKES COCKFIGHTING


by Jack Cobra, Cobra Brigade

It's not really normal for me to write about non-baseball related baseball news (confused?) but this story about Pedro Martinez attending a cock fight certainly caught my attention:

A video of New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal at a cockfight was posted this week on YouTube.

Martinez and Marichal laugh before releasing the roosters. The two took part as honorary "soltadores," the word used to describe the person who puts the animal to fight.

The animal released by Martinez appears to be killed on the video, which was posted
Tuesday. The fight takes place in the Coliseo de Gallos (Rooster Coliseum) in
Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's biggest cockfighting venue. Cockfighting
is legal and popular in the Dominican Republic.

By early Thursday, the video was removed "due to terms of use violation."
Now, I'm not a fan of Michael Vick by any means but I have to think if people were so outraged by Vick, they are going to be equally as outraged about Pedro. Yes, cock fighting is legal in the Domincan Republic but Martinez is a public figure here in the States and a public figure that people have had no problem knocking before.

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