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Kobayashi to skip July 4 hot dog eating contest this year

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He knows his time has come and gone.

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Contract negotiations? How much is he making at one of these events?

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Wow...and this is headline news????????

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the prize money just ain't enough to sustain a living... maybe he has realized that there are just more worthy causes in life than to overstuff one's belly. It certainly can't be healthy to do this.

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Finally Americans can enjoy a level competition without foreigners and their genetically bigger stomachs.

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Doesn't he need more nitrates in his system?

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Contract negotiations broke down? Dude, you eat hot dogs. Did you really have to hire a law firm and play hardball over this?

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sounds like a movie script!!! Joey Chestnut !!!!! OMG!!!! only in american would you find a hotdog eating champion called "Joey Chestnut "

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That sucks!

Well, I won't be watching this year.

Truth be told, he has nothing to prove, he's the best at it. Chestnut is nowhere near his level IMO. He has to win three in a row to tie and four in a row to beat him, and honestly, I don't see him doing it.

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He was negotiating to get 500 dollars per hot dog they were only willing to pay 100 is my guess. Like it or not (and I don't) but this has become an eye-grabbing story since its inception. One paid for by the sponsor....a hot dog maker no doubt....or Heinz ketchup etc.

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He can make more money and get more attention in Japan doing oddball "professional eating" stunts on cheesey variety and game shows.

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Kobayashi to skip July 4 hot dog eating contest this year...

Two pigs and their gristle breathed a sigh of relief.

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Kobayashi to skip July 4 hot dog eating contest this year...

Two pigs and their gristle breathed a sigh of relief.

As did a rat and 23 insect parts.

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'Tis a shame, but all the better for his body. He'll probably never get that crud out of his body for the rest of his life anyway.

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From what I understand hot dogs were not his favorite food.

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OMG! He was arrested in NY for rushing on the stage!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAwrD0et2aU&feature=player_embedded

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That was really stupid for him to get arrested. Luckily ,he had an interpreter with him. Now he faces charges of resisting arrest.

Here is the footage at another angle:

http://deadspin.com/5579423/heres-video-of-kobayashi-getting-arrested-at-the-coney-island-hot+dog+eating-contest

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