[Update: Jesse Solomon has MORE ON THE STORY]
Reports abound that wiener-eating wunderkind Takeru Kobayashi may bow out of this year's Nathan's Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest due to contract negotiations breakdown.
George Shea, president of Major League Eating released a statement on the Major League Eating website stating, "Takeru Kobayashi is currently not scheduled to compete in the 2010 Nathan's Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest. In recent weeks, Major League Eating has sought to arrive at an agreement with Kobayashi, but contract negotiations have reached an impasse. MLE remains hopeful that Kobayashi, who won the contest from 2001-2006, will decide to compete this July 4th in Coney Island, when Joey Chestnut will seek his fourth consecutive title."
Does this muck up your Independence Day plans for glutton gawking?