Hot dog link Former hot dog eating champ arrested By the CNN Wire Staff July 5, 2010 4:44 a.m. EDT New York (CNN) -- He didn't compete for the hot dog eating title this year, but he did cause a scene at the contest. Takeru Kobayashi was arrested at Coney Island after his rival, Joey Chestnut, won the annual Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The six-time champion of the contest was trying to make his way on stage after this year's event, according to a representative for Kobayashi and a New York police officer at the Brooklyn precinct booking desk. The incident was not a publicity stunt, Maggie James, Kobayashi's spokeswoman, said Sunday night. "He got excited when people chanted his name after the contest .... so he jumped up on the stage because he wanted his fans to see him and (he thought) maybe they would chant, 'Let him eat,'" James said, referring to a dispute that kept Kobayashi from the table this year. Kobayashi -- who took home the title every year from 2001 to 2006 -- did not compete because of a contract dispute with Major League Eating. He watched from the stands.... On a sports radio program this morning they were asking if a woman was perfect in every way and you thought she was THE ONE and you found out she was a competitive eater would that be a deal breaker for you? For me no, unless it kept her traveling too much. We'll open this up to men and women for the voting.