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Hot Dog Legend Won't Face Eating Ban

7/6/2010 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The greatest hot dog eater in the history of man -- Takeru Kobayashi -- will not be suspended from the world of competitive eating ... in the wake of his arrest this weekend , TMZ has learned.

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As you may have heard, Kobayashi was taken into custody at the annual Nathan's Famous 4th of July hot dog eating contest this weekend -- when he stormed the stage after Joey Chestnut's victory.

But a rep for Major League Eating -- the organization who regulated the event -- tells TMZ, they are "absolutely not" banning Kobayashi from future eating competitions.

MLE called the Tsunami's actions "inappropriate and unfortunate" -- but according to the rep, "[Kobayashi] is a great champ. Nathan's Famous actually tried to get him to come to the event originally.  There was a lot of back and forth negotiating but they couldn't resolve it in time of the event."



I just spoke with reps from the Major League of Eating on Kobayashi's arrest. They said they are not planning on banning him at all from future competitions.  He's a great champ. Nathan's Famous actually tried to get him to come to the event originally.  There was a lot of back and forth negotiating but they couldn't resolve it in time of the event."
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