JAPANESE EATING CHAMP OUT Of JAIL
Takeru Kobayashi, arrested at a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest, was freed Monday after a night in jail, looking a little weary and saying he was hungry.
The Japanese eating champion was freed by a Brooklyn, N.Y., judge after he pleaded not guilty. The slim 32-year-old said he consumed only a sandwich and some milk in jail.
A contract dispute had kept Kobayashi out of Sunday’s annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, but he showed up anyway.
“I was there as a spectator, just to cheer on my buddies,” he said through an interpreter outside court Monday. Fans chanted for him, and “in the heat of it, I jumped on the stage, hoping they would let me eat.”
Kobayashi was charged with obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct.