July 4th is usually a great day for eating champ Takeru Kobayashi — he traditionally competes in the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, New York. This year, things weren’t so hot — the eating champ was arrested at the contest.
The issue at hand — Kobayashi rushed onto the stage at the contest, even though he was not competing. Due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating (seriously), Kobayashi was not allowed to compete. However, fans in the crowd began chanting his name, so the pro eater rushed to the stage in excitement.
Sadly, police were not so excited to see him and attempted to pull Kobayashi away. The eating champ hung on to a rail to try and save himself, but was eventually led away in cuffs. Kobayashi was last reported to be at a police precinct in Brooklyn.
The news of Kobayashi’s arrest stunned the pro eating world.
“This guy did great things for our sport,” said Major League Eating chairman George Shea. “He’s a fearsome competitor.”
As for the actual hot dog eating contest: American Joey Chestnut won by downing 54 dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Chestnut set the competition record with 68 last year. Check out the video for some descriptions by witnesses.