Kareem Jackson shares cockfighting pics with his Twitter audience

Twitter and other social media applications provide fans and the media with unfiltered access to the minds and the lifestyles of plenty of pro athletes.

And, of course, that’s often not a good thing.

During a vacation in the Dominican Republic, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson attended cockfights — and he posted about the experience on Twitter.

“My first time ever seeing chicken fight till the death it was crazy,” Jackson said, per John P. Lopez of CBS Houston.  (Jackson apparently has deleted that specific tweet.)

“Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think its a college football game,” Jackson added. (He hasn’t deleted that one.)

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have no comment on the situation involving Jackson, the team’s first-round pick in 2010.

As McClain points out, cockfighting is legal in the Dominican Republic.  Still, as Lopez points out, the decision to post pictures and comments about attending a cockfight may not have been the smartest move Jackson ever made.

It also may not have been the dumbest, but it definitely wasn’t the smartest.

55 responses to “Kareem Jackson shares cockfighting pics with his Twitter audience

  1. He’s fine. The double standard in play here is that only PETA cares about chickens; everyone else cares about dogs, so nobody is going to care about this.

  2. Bull Fighting isn’t legal here…but many go when they’re in Spain.

    It’s LEGAL there…get over it…

    that’s one reason people travel…to see the customs of other countries.

  3. Bullfighting is horrible too, but I personally attended a bullfight in Mexico because it was a cultural experience that is not availale in the US. This is one of the greatest benefits of traveling. Experiencing new things.

    I hope this doesn’t become a sensational media story. The more I think about it, the more I realize that this guy did absolutely nothing wrong.

  4. He spent his entire youth trying to get to the NFL, got to be a 1st round draft pick then proceeded to play a vital role in one of the worst secondaries ever.

    Now, after what everyone went thru with Michael Vick, he posts pics and tweets about pitting animals against each other to the death ?

    It’s unfortunate that what he’s proven so far to his employers and Texan’s fans is that he isn’t very good and he isn’t very bright. And if there’s a prolonged layoff, he’ll be even less likely to make that 2nd year jump in production.

    Dear Rick Smith, next time, don’t think you’re smarter than the rest of the league. Please take the highest rated player at a position of need (in this case, Kyle Wilson).

  5. It’s horrible, one minute those poor chickens are looking up at you with their soft brown eyes and wagging their tails, the next they are fighting to the death.

  6. Kareem.. Really man?? I guess it’s not that bad when you consider the cruel life most chickens live.. If you have yet to see a video about super farming chicken’s its pretty disgusting.. Talk about having a steroid problem, congress should attack that situation if it ever gets over the MLB.. Guess if I was a chicken i’d rather go out in a flock of glory than to be pumped full of growth hormones and eaten..

  7. He can’t get in trouble for anything so who cares? Also, no one has chickens as pets in this or any other country.

    We take their eggs, their feathers, their meat, so why not get some entertainment out of them.

    Its not like Korea where they have dog season. I wonder what breed of dog those crazy asians prefer. Crazy

  8. 1. It’s legal there

    2. 90% of Americans EAT chickens.

    3. 50-60% of those chickens are live in such horrible, cramped conditions that they either peck/scratch each other to death or almost always have they’re beaks clipped off, drugged, and crammed so tightly in cages so they can’t fight.

    So essentially, most of us Americans support the torment pain death etc of chickens

    This is a non-issue. PFT didn’t crucify the kid, but give him a break and don’t post about dude that may be seen in a negative light.

  9. Fortunately the chickens who become too old or damaged to fight are quickly adopted by the local homeless crowd.

  10. I had a pet chicken named Weeps…A Bantam rooster that would kick my dogs behind. Took about 8 hours in the crock pot to cook too.

  11. Oprah has no plans to have Kareem on the show. Her producers are concerned about all the people in the audience with their pet chickens. It could be a distraction.

  12. mr92687 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:45 PM

    No, I think it is the dumbest crap Ive ever seen a pro athlete tweet. Future Bust, Current Idiot.

    I take it you don’t follow Larry Johnson?

  13. so what, I wish he had sent a full video.

    Honestly its so much better when we feed our US chickens steroids and humanely force feed them and then cut their freakin heads off!!!!!

    then we deep fry them and joke about the cow that begs us to eat more chiken

    non story, we are idiots

  14. Big deal.., he attended a cultural event in a foriegn country. To try to lay blame that he’s done something wrong is stupididly ridiculous

  15. Participants sometimes get so worked up they choke their chickens in front of the entire audience.

  16. I am not sure what the big deal is. Is did mention it was crazy. I doubt he is going to come back and have his cousin set up a illegal gambling ring with his cousin in Virginia or anything.

    Just hope if he goes to see the donkey show in Mexico he doesn’t twitter that…..

  17. So patronizing an event that we deem is not right, but ok in other countries, is OK with most of you… is that right?

    Damn hypocrites.

  18. midniterambler7 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:38 PM


    How could anyone go thumbs down on this comment?

    It may be the best subtle reference to George Costanza ever posted on PFT.

    Well done Sir.

  19. What’s the big deal? Didn’t Brett Favre share pictures of this with Jen Sterger…

  20. benh999 says:
    Mar 8, 2011 1:54 PM
    So what? Anyone who has a problem with this and eats chicken is a hypocrite.

    You are so right! Whenever I eat chicken, I keep slashing it with a razor until I hit a vital spot or it bleeds to death. Good times.

  21. “frankvzappa says:
    Mar 8, 2011 2:13 PM
    they should strap razor blades to the receivers he is covering next year”

    What would be the point? You’ve obviously not seen any Texans games if you think he can “cover” any receivers…

  22. Yeah, I enjoy a good chicken sandwich, doesn’t mean I’m going to derive an ounce of pleasure from watching chickens “Fight to the death.” How anyone can take pleasure out of seeing animals pitted against one another is completely beyond my comprehension.

  23. I’m beginning to feel as though my IQ is going down every time I read these types of stories. There is nothing to see here people! I guess soon it will be a crime to take our kids to the Circus. COME ON MAN!!

  24. alltimeballa says: “I’m beginning to feel as though my IQ is going down every time I read these types of stories. There is nothing to see here people! I guess soon it will be a crime to take our kids to the Circus. COME ON MAN!!”

    I wouldn’t advertise that too much, alltimeballa, particularly when you follow it with a comment about taking your kids to the circus. Do a little reading about the abusive treatment that is unfortunately all-too-common among traveling circuses — particularly the smaller ones.

  25. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 2:11 PM

    Participants sometimes get so worked up they choke their chickens in front of the entire audience.

    Funniest thing I’ve read all day.

  26. Stupid – yes, disgusting – yes, illegal in the DR – no. I find myself thoroughly amazed at how utterly ignorant this guy is to suppose that nothing would come of posting something like this in a public social media forum. Having said that, if it weren’t for the grossly stupid, we’d have nothing to laugh about!!!

  27. I don’t understand how a person can adjust their ethics based on the legality/custom of a different country. For example, I imagine most would agree that paying to have sex with a minor is unethical and those ethics would not transform based on the legality or custom of it practiced in a foreign country.

    You either believe watching animals maul each other in the name of sport is cruel or you don’t, right? It seems pretty clear cut to me.

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