Posted by Will Brinson
Some time back, our friends at Deadspin posted a story that alleged Mark Sanchez had some -- ahem -- relations with a young lady in New York. The young lady allegedly in question, Eliza Kruger, was 17-years-old, and it created a bit of a stir.
The stir didn't last long, though, and turned out to be unnecessary, because the legal age of consent is lower in New York than it is in other places around the country. Also because it appears the claims were false and/or were never confirmed. Sanchez finally spoke about the allegations in a radio interview over the weekend.
"I mean people embellish stories, fabricate stories, to try to drive traffic to their website, to try and get people to start talking about their publication," Sanchez said on the Petros and Money Show, via Sports Radio Interviews. "It didn't bother me. It was just too bad that somebody had to go do stuff like that, but it’s a probably a great lesson about playing in New York and being in the spotlight."
Sanchez also pointed to a story someone told him about recently, in which he was supposedly "hanging out with" Hayden Panettiere.
The Jets quarterback then pointed out that he has in fact hung out with her, because they have close mutual friends. But that obvious connection won't stop anyone from making a leap of faith and assuming that two celebrities are dating.
All of which is to say that Sanchez is correct: in New York City, people will make these leaps much more quickly than elsewhere, and there's a much brighter spotlight being shown on athletes in the Big Apple. (Rex Ryan reiterated this exact point a few months ago, in fact.)
Staying on your best behavior is paramount, and avoiding any awkward stories during a long career in NYC is a feat in and of itself. Which, by the way, is what makes what Derek Jeter's done all that much more impressive.
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