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Former Champ: Takeru Kobayashi

This weeks, ‘wow-that-can’t-be-real’ story, comes from Coney Island, where on the Fourth of July, the world of Major League Eating was shocked by scandal.

Takeru ‘Tsunami’ Kobayashi, a previous champion and star of the competitive eating circuit, stormed the stage of Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest to protest his exclusion from the event.

Kobayashi had been barred from the competition after refusing to sign an exclusive contract that would forbid him from entering competing eating events.

Wearing a t-shirt that read ‘Free Kobi,’ the Japanese star was taken down by security and local police, as fans chanted,”Let him eat! Let him eat!”

He was later charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

After the ruckus, the event did continue and Joey “Jaws” Chestnut went on to win his fourth consecutive title.

Kobayashi spent one night in jail and was released on Monday.

When asked about his actions by reporters, Kobayashi gave the simple remark: “I wanted to eat hot dogs.”

He also admitted to being really hungry.

The lesson in this tale: Don’t stand in the way of a man and his pork links. Especially if he’s really hungry.

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