July 4th, 2010
03:27 PM ET

Former hot dog eating champ arrested

He didn't compete for the hot dog eating title this year, but he did cause a scene at the contest.

Takeru Kobayashi was arrested at Coney Island after his rival, Joey Chestnut, won the annual Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The six-time champion of the contest was trying to make his way on stage after this year's event, a representative for Kobayashi and a New York police officer at the Brooklyn precinct booking desk said.

This year's competition had already caused a stir after word that Kobayashi - who took home the title every year from 2001 to 2006 - would not be participating because of a contract dispute with Major League Eating. He watched from the stands.


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  1. Doug

    Oh for God’s Sake this has to be about the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. What in the world is Major League Eating? In fact it might be the most disgusting thing ever. We have people in the world that have little to no food and here have these what, Professional Gluttons? Where's sport in being able to cram 54 freaking hot dogs down your gullet?

    July 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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  2. Drew

    Oh, or course, the MLE.

    July 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard M

    This has all hallmark of a grand public relations scheme. Only about five years ago, this contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn was relatively small potatoes. Today, it's huge. No doubt they are paying a lot of money to have the contest handled by a big public relations company. The payoff is likely massive for Nathan's though. The story of Kobayashi's arrest lead the evening news in New York and it was prominently featured on the national news. It also made the headlines of the newspapers in New York. Although Kobayashi was really arrested, it is really so far-fetched to assume they paid him handsomely for this inconvenience? The story was probably worth a million dollars in free publicity for Nathan's. Next year I predict this so-called "contract dispute" with Kobayashi will be history, and the feeding frenzy on July 4th, 2011 will be the media tripping over themselves for the follow-up story!

    July 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |