O.J. vs. The Brown Family. Pac vs. Biggie. 50 vs. Ja Rule. Bush vs. Everybody. Kobe vs. LeBron. And with yesterday’s events, it may be safe to officially add Joey Chestnut vs. Takeru Kobayashi to the list. The foreigner Kobayashi attempted to put a damper on Chestnut’s fourth straight hot dog eating contest victory and America’s birthday with his actions at the event. Prior to Joey C’s run, Kobi was known as top dog (no pun intended) in the competitive eating world. Apparently, the guy was unable to participate in the contest this year because of restrictions and contract disputes that I really don’t care to find out.
Let one side of the story tell it, Kob was so infuriated with Joey’s victory that he bumrushed the stage only to reprimanded by law enforcement. Let the other tell it and he was attempting to get on stage because the crowd was chanting his name. What happened next? For one night, both the world’s greatest eater (actually ranked #3) and the world’s greatest rapper (depending who you ask) were locked up. What a country we live in.
With only a sandwich and a glass of milk to fill his legendary stomach after a night in jail, one-time hot dog champ Takeru Kobayashi walked out of court Monday declaring, “I’m hungry!”
Kobayashi was released on his own recognizance a day after he rushed the stage at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a competition that he had been barred from this year because of a contract dispute with organizer Major League Eating. [CNN]
That whole competitive eating thing is what it is as far as I’m concerned. Do they even have groupies? It can’t be considered a legitimate sport if they don’t have groupies, right? But now that they have a legitmate rivalry to boast. It doesn’t get real until someone catches a case. Kobi – who is now the official bad boy of the IFOCE (International Federation of Competitive Eating) – was charged with with resisting arrest, trespass and obstructing governmental administration and is due back in court August 5th.