Kobayashi avoids trouble in hot dog flap

Legendary scoffer Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi will turn his

attentions to pizza after landing up in a New York court Thursday

for rushing the stage at this year’s Nathan’s hotdog eating

contest, TMZ reported.

Kobayashi, 32 — who was six times champion between 2001 and

2006 — appeared in a Brooklyn courtroom Thursday accused of

resisting arrest, trespassing and obstructing governmental

administration during the July 4 spat on Coney Island.

He was not participating in the event due to a contract dispute

but he showed up anyway. Cops carted Kobayashi away after he made a

bid to get on stage.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut guzzled his way to a fourth

consecutive championship in Kobayashi’s absence, wolfing down 54

dogs in 10 minutes.

The former champ had moral support for his court date Thursday

from a handful of female fans who gathered outside the court

wearing t-shirts and waving banners reading: “Free

Kobi.”

They were not to be denied, as inside a judge agreed to let

Kobayashi off without further punishment so long as the New

York-based eating champ stays out of trouble for six months,

according to the celebrity website.

Speaking afterwards through a Japanese translator, Kobayashi

said he had “no regrets” over the incident that came in the “midst

of excitement.”

He also revealed that he was turning his attention towards

pizza, and would be entering an upcoming contest in Canada to munch

as many slices as possible.

When asked if Kobayashi was thinking of entering next year’s

Coney Island hotdog eating contest, his translator replied: “He is

not even thinking about it.”