Coney Island, NY- Just as competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut scarfed enough hot dogs down his throat to take his fourth consecutive win of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, his eating arch-nemesis, six-time champion Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi, rushed the stage and was welcomed by the host as a surprise guest before security guards stepped in to escort him off.
It was then that Kobayashi vehemently resisted the guards, grabbing onto a metal police barricade as tightly as he could before the guards could free his grip and drag him down the stairs while the crowd chanted “Let him eat! Let him eat!” Kobayashi was handcuffed and taken to jail.
Prior to Chestnut’s gastronomical victory, Kobayashi had been mingling with the crowd as a spectator and was not competing in this year’s contest because he refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating, the sport-eating world’s equivalent of the NFL, stating on his weblog that he wanted to be free to eat in other contests.
It is unclear what provoked the world’s Number three professional eater to storm the stage after Chestnut gulped 54 hot dogs for the win, not even coming close to his 68-dog performance last year.
Kobayashi is charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and obstructing governmental administration. Following his arraignment and release from Brooklyn Criminal Court, Kobayashi told reporters he was “…really hungry. I just wanted to eat hot dogs.”
Who could blame him? There are few things better than hot dogs on Independence Day and the chance to win a lovely bedazzled mustard-colored title belt and a twenty-thousand dollar purse.prma