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
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
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.”