Takeru Kobayashi was tragically arrested at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July. The first time I saw him eat he broke the Nathan’s record in 2004. It was like watching Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run. He won the coveted Mustard Belt 5 times in a row eventually losing to the now 4 time champion and American hero Joey Chestnut.
Due to a contract dispute between Kobayashi and the International Federation of Competitive Eaters Takeru was not competing in Sunday’s contest. He instead watched from the crowd with the fans wearing a “Free Kobi” t-shirt. After the contest was over he tried to come on the stage. His plan was to put on an eating demonstration then and there. Unfortunately security grabbed him and tried to remove him from the stage. Police tried to pull him down off the stage but he grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go. He was arrested and spent most of the night in jail before he was released on bail.
I will be posting the rest of the photos from the contest later today, but I just wanted to get this shot up. I was going to post it yesterday but I slept until 7PM instead.