Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez met a new lady friend on New Year’s Eve, and she just so happens to be a 17-year-old high school student. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, writes AJ Daulerio on Deadspin: In both New York and New Jersey, where the romancing allegedly occurred, it’s perfectly legal for a 24-year-old man to date a 17-year-old girl. The girl in question, whom Daulerio refers to only as EK, reached out to Deadspin with her story before changing her mind and deciding she didn’t want the infamy that would come along with its publication—but that didn’t stop Deadspin from running it.
EK claims she met Sanchez while partying at a Manhattan nightclub on Dec. 31, and that she was upfront with him about her age. Sanchez texted her and she freaked out about it on Facebook (Deadspin has a screenshot; click to see), then he gave her tickets to the Bills-Jets game. Ultimately, they had a dinner date in New York and then they, in Daulerio’s words, “hooked up.” EK says they “went back to his place in Jersey after dinner,” and as proof, she offers pictures of what she claims is Sanchez’s room. After that, a few more 2am text messages followed, and, at least until recently, EK said she was still “close” with Sanchez, although she doesn’t think he’s “necessarily good to women.” (This is hardly the only recent juicy Jets story; click for more of the team's tabloid-worthy incidents.)