Hot dog legend won't face eating ban

Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut compete during the Nathan's Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island, New York in 2007.
Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut compete during the Nathan's Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island, New York in 2007.

UPDATED, WED 11 AM: 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 past Fourth of July.

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."

Previously: Former Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Takeru Kobayashi was arrested by NYPD officers after he tried to rush the stage following Sunday's event.

Kobayashi did not participate in this year's event due to some kind of contract dispute he had with Major League Eating.

After Joey Chestnut won, Kobayashi tried to get on stage but was taken away by police. Kobayashi was charged with resisting arrest, trespass and obstructing governmental administration.

Source: TMZ.com.