Competitive Eater Grabs Protester at Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut placed an animal rights protester in a brief chokehold during an annual Independence Day hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York, on July 4.

Video recorded by Sifat Razwan shows Chestnut, who’s ranked first in the world at competitive eating by Major League Eating, getting shoved mid-bite by a masked protestor during the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Chestnut promptly resumes eating as two other masked protesters appear in the background.

An animal rights collective, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), posted a clip of the incident to social media, stating that it was their protestors who disrupted the event.

Chestnut went on to win the contest, clinching his 15th Mustard Belt.

The New York Police Department confirmed to Storyful that three people were taken into custody in relation to the incident and charges were pending. Credit: Sifat Razwan via Storyful

Video Transcript

- Oh my god. Did you see that?

- Ladies and gentlemen, Geoffrey Esper on 15. Joey on 20. And they are on the way. A big worry at 12. [INAUDIBLE] now at 15. Geoffrey Esper only one ahead of him.

- This is not fair.

- [INAUDIBLE], who broke [INAUDIBLE] in Washington, DC, coming back to the table after 10 years, is doing incredibly as well.

[INAUDIBLE]

- This is [MUTED].

- The Virginian at 17.

- It's not fair.

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