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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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tmz@frog.cc    

This guy is the king of the geeks. They should do a "Revenge of the Nerds 2" movie about him. Get a life, Kobayashi.

1382 days ago
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Ohio    

It wouldn't make since for the MLE to ban Kobayashi. He helped get it the attention it has now. No one was eating over 30 hot dogs before this man. They shouldn't hold him to a contract that limits where he came compete. Kobabyashi has done alot for the 'sport'. Even showing up and getting arrested probably gave the event more press than it may have gotten. Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi, right now are each other's main competition in this contest. We want to see a battle. Joey probably barely had to crack 50 dogs to win this year.

1382 days ago
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Ehécatl    

What a picture. Somebody should introduce this guy to George Michael.

1382 days ago
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electriczipper    

Its all a sham.When a person sits down to eat a hot dog he eats it in the bun without water,these guys eat the buns soaked in water,then eat the dogs. thats cheating....I say they should have to eat the dog in the bun whole.

1382 days ago
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electriczipper    

I think I could eat 20 dominoes medium thin crust pizzas in 20 min....

1382 days ago
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Throwback kid    

I wonder when Kobayashi was in jail if any of his cellmates forced him to eat some hotdogs?

1381 days ago
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richard    

Was that hotdog with or without the casing???

1381 days ago
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TheMachine1    

Competitive eating is a disgusting "sport".

1381 days ago
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electriczipper    

I wonder when Kobayashi was in jail if any of his cellmates forced him to eat some hotdogs?

Posted at 11:47 AM on Jul 6, 2010 by Throwback kid

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hot dogs and balls n buns included..

1381 days ago
10.

manbearpig    

kobayashi is very good but he is not the greatest hot dog eater in the history of man. chestnut has broken his all-time record and beaten him 3 years in a row.
you guys must mean the 2nd greatest ever.

1381 days ago
11.

Darlene    

What a discusting person he is?!!!!

1381 days ago
12.

chick    

I loved him when he was sporting a bleached blond hair and muscle.
Now he looks plain wacky.Ewww!

1381 days ago
13.

Mike Mead    

He is pathetic! He wont participate, but he cant stand to be out of the limelite. Did you see him jumpimg around before the event started? Like he was warming up or something? Like i said pathetic

1381 days ago
14.

Fan    

It's a dog eat dog world.

1381 days ago
15.

Kenneth    

Check again

1381 days ago
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