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Feb 10 2011 | 4:53am ET
The New York Jets made a lot of headlines over the last year, many for the right reasons and many others for the wrong. Now, young quarterback Mark Sanchez, who contributed his fair share of the former during the season, is doing his part for the latter.
Possibly seeking to top Coach Rex Ryan's online foot fetish video scandal last year, Sanchez is apparently romantically involved with the 17-year-old daughter of a Connecticut hedge fund manager.
The less-than-discrete Eliza Kruger wasted no time bragging to her friends that she had exchange phone numbers with "MARK FUCKING SANCHEZ" on New Year's Eve in New York. Just a week later, they were having dinner. And then, "we went back to his place in Jersey after dinner," Kruger told Deadspin.com.
Kruger, the daughter of former Greenwich Capital partner Konrad Kruger, also acknowledged that she had sex with the 24-year-old, even posting photos of his bed, covers amiss, to prove it.
But the high school senior isn't concerned about the legal ramifications for Sanchez, telling Deadspin she "checked" to make sure that she was above the age of consent in the Garden State. She is; it's 16.
Other ramifications are less clear, including for Sanchez's image and for Kruger's standing with her parents. Her mom told the New York Post, "We're really trying to shut this down."
According to Kruger, Sanchez knows she's just 17: He allegedly told her, "we can still talk, but I can't see you until you're 18," until she enlightened him as to the age of consent laws of the tri-state area. And he seems quite smitten.
"He would send me a text at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday asking if I was out that night," she said. "But I'd be, like, I have school tomorrow."
Kruger said the two last communicated via text message on Jan. 24, just after Sanchez returned from the season-ending loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kruger's father is now head of Stamford hedge fund Five Mile Capital Partners.