By Harry Allison
Joey Chestnut won Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating again and then went after sportswriter Peter King who labeled the events as “disgusting.”
King, a writer for NBC Sports and longtime Sports Illustrated columnist, criticized ESPN’s recent 30 for 30 documentary focused on Chestnut and the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest.
“A shame that as at least a fifth of children in America go to bed hungry nightly they’re highlighting gluttony, treating someone who overeats excessively as a ‘competitive athlete.’ Truly disgusting,” King tweeted July 3.
Chestnut was asked about King’s comments and said the sportswriter wasn’t being fair, noting that Major League Eating as an organization regularly donates to food banks.
“I think Peter King … he’s kind of narrow-minded,” Chestnut told TMZ Sports before the 2019 event. “He’s picking low-hanging fruit. It’s easy to criticize something. He could easily criticize NASCAR for greenhouse gas emissions.”
Chestnut won his 12th Mustard Belt, eating 71 frankfurters in 10 minutes. He was four shy of eclipsing his own record of 74 — set last year.
The hot dog contest, which takes place on New York City’s Coney Island boardwalk, has been in existence since 1916. The ESPN documentary, tabbed “The Good, the Bad, the Hungry,” focused on Chestnut and his takeover of Takeru Kobayashi as hot dog champ.