Pedro Martinez Involved In Cockfighting? | Sharapova's Thigh

We obtained this photo of what looks to be Pedro Martinez training a rooster.

The AP released this article today:

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."


Meanwhile, Sharapova's Thigh is hearing whispers that Pedro might be involved in cockfighting in New York City as well. Word is that he's spent much of his offseason training a large rooster named "Little Billy Wagner". Apparently Pedro entered Little Billy in a cockfight at a bodega in Manhattan, but pulled the cock out of the competition. The owner of the bodega brought in a giant rooster from Ecuador to fight, and Pedro did not want to lose his beloved Little Billy.