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Hot dog-eating champ Kobayashi's arrest: Unjust?

Some say the Japanese cause celebre — apprehended at a Coney Island hot dog-eating competition — should have been allowed to pig out

In a curious uproar that has spawned a viral video, competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi was arrested at Coney Island, NY, this Sunday during the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Though event organizers, Major League Eating, had disqualified Kobayashi for refusing to sign their contract, the defiant glutton, 32, leapt on stage as fans chanted "Let him eat!" The police, far less supportive, hauled him away. Kobayashi is "one of the guys" who put Major League Eating "on the map," says Robert Quigley in Geekosystem. He at least deserves a few more moments in the spotlight. The real injustice here, says Rick Chandler at NBC Sports, is the "absurdity of an organization called 'Major League Eating.'" Must "every popular activity we touch in this country become a corporate, bloated money-grab?" Watch video of Kobayashi's arrest below:

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