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Takeru Kobayashi cleared in July 4th arrest

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kobayashi-free.jpgWorld-renowned competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi has beaten charges stemming from his storming of the stage at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4.

The six-time winner and Japanese national was barred from competing in the annual jamboree of gluttony after refusing to sign an exclusivity contract with the sport's sanctioning body, Major League Eating.

He jumped on stage after rival Joey Chestnut slammed down 54 dogs in 12 minutes, telling reporters he was only trying to congratulate his "buddies" and prove that he "was the champ."
For his efforts, he was incarcerated and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.

But unlike eating a ridiculous amount of hot dogs, this story has a stomach-settling ending. Yesterday the case was resolved in a Brooklyn court. Basically, if Kobayashi can stay out of trouble for the next six months, the arrest will vanish from his record.

Be good, Kobi. Be good.

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