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Kobayashi Arrested at Coney Island Hot Dog-Eating Contest

Kobayashi, being led out of jail
Kobayashi, being led out of jail
Photo: New York Daily News

On Saturday, competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi (wearing a "Free Kobi" t-shirt) was arrested at the end of the 95th annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island after he rushed the stage in protest over a contract dispute that prevented him from competing. Meanwhile, Joey Chestnut won his fourth consecutive title, eating 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

According to Kobayashi, the organizers were "trying to take away my freedom." And he just wants to be free! Like a bird! A hungry bird! That eat dozens of hot dogs whenever it wants! Regardless of organizations and contracts!

What did Kobayashi think of prison food? >>

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