While there, he took in a little bit of the local culture, which apparently includes making chickens fight each other until one of them is dead. We know this because he tweeted about it.
Via John P. Lopez of CBS Houston, here are Jackson's two cockfighting-related tweets:
"My first time ever seeing chicken fight till the death it was crazy… "
"Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think its a college football game."
He also posted the picture you see to the right.
Lopez rakes Jackson over the coals for the offending tweets, but personally, I don't see that Jackson did anything wrong here.
I see the harm in cockfighting, of course -- it's a brutal, inhumane thing to do to an animal, and I'd be thrilled if the practice was somehow abolished worldwide. And maybe Jackson shouldn't have tweeted about it, only because of the scrutiny and media attention (for example, this post) it will bring.
But that Jackson did something he should be ashamed of? I don't see it.
When you visit another country, that's what you do. You take in the local culture and the local activities, and if you see something crazy -- like cockfighting, for example -- you tweet that you just saw something crazy.
It's not Jackson's fault that cockfighting is legal and popular in another country, and it's not like he endorsed the activity. It's not like he tweeted, "Hey, I'm at a cockfight, and it's awesome, and I'm going to do this every day!" It's not like he helped strap a razor blade to a chicken's foot.
He was there. He saw it. He said it's crazy. I see no reason for the guy to apologize.
Gracias, Pro Football Talk.
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