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Video showed Pedro, Marichal at cockfight

Updated: February 8, 2008, 12:48 PM ET
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New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez emphasized Thursday that he did nothing illegal by attending a cockfight with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal in the Dominican Republic.

A video of Martinez and Marichal was posted Tuesday on YouTube and later pulled. The Mets said Thursday in a statement that the video was shot two years ago.

Cockfighting is legal and popular in the Dominican Republic.

"I understand that people are upset, but that is part of our Dominican culture and ...

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