Joey Chestnut is the man when it comes to putting away hotdogs, but who knew that he could win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for a record 15th time WHILE taking down a protester.
The annual Fourth of July competition was underway at Coney Island when an animal rights protester suddenly appeared on the stage with a sign that read “Expose Smithfield’s Deathstar” — which appears to be a reference to Smithfield Foods, a pork producer and food-processing company.
The protestor made what turned out to be a bad decision to elbow Chestnut out of the way to showcase his sign and the man some call the “world’s greatest athlete” for his impressive run as the hotdog-eating champion grabbed the guy in a chokehold as he choked down hotdogs, before body-slamming him to the ground.
And without missing a beat, he then resumed the task at hand, which was to devour 63 hot dogs in 10 minutes, according to the New York Post.
Only Joey Chesnut can demolish 63 Glizzies and take down a protester at the same time.
Greatest athlete who has ever lived.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 4, 2022
The number fell well short of the record 76 hotdogs Chestnut put away last year but was still 20 better than second-place finisher Geoffrey Esper.
And even more impressive, the champ tossed the protester around like a rag doll with a tendon injury, as he showed up to his official weigh-in on crutches and wearing a medical boot.
Overall, there were three animal rights protestors disrupting events while wearing Darth Vader masks and holding up signs. One of the zealots can be seen below being taken into custody and all three are seen together as two of them proudly display what appears to be police documents:
ARRESTED: Activists who disrupted #NathansHotDogEatingContest have been taken into police custody. Their protest was against Nathan’s pork supplier, Smithfield Foods, a company exposed for animal cruelty, worker abuse, & pollution. Updates will be posted as the story develops. pic.twitter.com/hfhk6cq9Gh
— Direct Action Everywhere (@DxEverywhere) July 4, 2022
The DxE activists who disrupted #NathansHotDogEatingContest are out of jail. They’re facing criminal trespass charges but are in good spirits, knowing they were able to bring attention to the plight of animals suffering at the hands of Smithfield Foods. #SmithfieldsDeathstar pic.twitter.com/5JGLAytuH9
— Direct Action Everywhere (@DxEverywhere) July 5, 2022
PETA has targeted Smithfield Foods for “cruelty” to pigs AND humans.
“Smithfield Foods, based in Smithfield, Virginia, kills almost 30 million pigs every year—more than any other company in the world. The way that Smithfield treats pigs, from birth to slaughter, could result in felony cruelty-to-animals charges if pigs were covered by the same laws that are designed to protect dogs and cats from abuse,” the animal rights group said in a statement.
But the interlopers did not detract from the celebration of Chestnut for his impressive talents, as seen here:
Wearing a boot. Performs WWE takedown on protestor mid contest. Still blows out the competition. Undisputed GOAT🐐👑#NathansHotDogEatingContest pic.twitter.com/xX4X7ENN2n
— Aidan (@Riggsdiculos) July 4, 2022
This is considered Joey Chesnut Flu Game. Can’t tell me otherwise. Man was hurt and still downed 63 hot dogs in 10 minutes. #glizzywarrior #NathansHotDogEatingContest pic.twitter.com/OoNbf7u1pw
— Jacob Sexton (@_JacobSexton) July 4, 2022
There’s only one reason this day matters and that’s because we get to see the greatest athlete of all time @joeyjaws #NathansHotDogEatingContest pic.twitter.com/LMc7OnnN74
— Knowledge Bone (@thEHarrisment) July 4, 2022
joey chestnut puts degenerate heckler in a choke hold during the mid contest.🌭
happy 4th of July 🇺🇸#JoeyChestnut #NathansHotDogEatingContest #July4 pic.twitter.com/fcgP2mbpFU
— 🙇🏻♂️ (@prospectgrader) July 4, 2022
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