Kobayashi Released After Hot Dog Scuffle
Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi was released from jail after pleading not guilty to charges following his arrest at the 95th annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition, The Associated Press reports.
Kobayashi faced charges of obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct.
The competitive eater had jumped on stage Sunday after archrival Joey "Jaws" Chestnut snagged his fourth straight Fourth of July victory by downing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Kobayashi, who wore a "Free Kobi" shirt, did not compete because of contractual issues with Major League Eating.
Police tried to escort him off the stage, but Kobayashi grabbed onto the metal police barricade by the stairs. Officers eventually pulled Kobayashi away and got him down the stairs, where they arrested him.
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Kobayashi, who appeared in a Brooklyn court Monday, said that he got on stage "in the heat of it" and hoped officials would let him participate, according to the AP.
Calls to the district attorney's office were not immediately returned.
The 32-year-old eater won the competition six years in a row before Chestnut bested him in 2007.
"If he was a real man, he'd be on the stage," Chestnut said of Kobayashi after winning the competition.
Chestnut ate a record-setting 68 franks last year, besting Kobayashi by four.
"I came out and knew what I had to do," Chestnut said. "I was slower than I wanted to be."
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The closest runner-up was Tim "Eater X" Janus, who ate 45 dogs.
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