Joey Chestnut Regrets Putting Pork Protester in Headlock

As has become a great American tradition, Joey Chestnut once again won the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest on Monday. But in winning his 15th title in 16 years on July 4, Chestnut had to deal with an unexpected protester who worked his way on stage as the 38-year-old was chowing down.

Instead of security getting involved with the incident, Chestnut took matters into his own hands by putting the protester, who was wearing Star Wars garb, in a headlock before throwing him to the side and continuing eating.

But on Tuesday, Chestnut told USA TODAY Sports that he wished he would not have behaved that way toward the protester, calling it an “unfortunate” situation.

“As soon as I grabbed the guy, I realized he was a kid,” Chestnut said, per USA TODAY Sports. “I felt bad afterwards. I was just amped up, just focused on getting back to eating. … It’s a bummer.”


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