Many Question Jets QB's Judgment Over Alleged EncountersBy Dave Carlin

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — He’s a famous quarterback and she is only 17 — still in high school.

Now, alleged romantic encounters between Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and a young woman from Greenwich, Conn., have sports fans and parents questioning his judgment, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

It’s a headline no sports superstar should want — romantically linked to a 17-year-old.

It’s a tale of nightclubbing, fine dining and visits to his mansion on a golf course in Bedminster, N.J., allegedly with high school student Eliza Kruger.

The age of consent is 16, so what Sanchez has been accused of doing is not illegal as far as the letter of the law goes. In the court of public opinion, however, it’s not at all admirable for a role model, said Ben Sturner of the Leverage Agency.

“He’s getting paid millions and millions of dollars. He needs to protect himself. He needs to protect his endorsees and he needs to protect the franchise of the New York Jets and his image,” Sturner said. “It’s going to hurt the New York Jets, and it’s going to hurt the NFL.”

Kruger did not talk to Carlin, but she shared her story with a gossip website, even providing photographs, which included a rumpled bed with a framed shot of the Meadowlands, and a desk with three helmets — Sanchez’s high school, college and current team.

The 17-year-old is quoted as saying she used a fake ID to get into nightclub Lavo on 58th Street, where she said she met Sanchez on New Year’s Eve. Another date was said to have followed at Nobu.

The Jets would not comment on Sanchez’s personal life. CBS 2 reached out to the millionaire quarterback but we have not heard back.

Kruger’s neighbors said they feel for the girl’s parents and worry about a culture they said rewards indiscretion.

“These slimy shows on TV — now they glamorize these younger women going with older men. It’s a lot harder to raise children now than it was a decade ago,” Renee Chornert said.

“He made a poor decision. Hanging out with someone that young he should avoid. That is my opinion,” added Jason Hertz of Oceanside.

“He’s hot. He should do what he wants,” one woman said.

But child psychologist Dr. Susan Bartel said a person in Sanchez’s position should be more mindful.

“He needs to take a hard look inside himself and ask should I be hooking up with a 17-year-old? The answer is clearly no,” Bartel said.

Bartel also said parents can use this to talk to their children about making good choices.

There was no comment from the 17-year-old’s parents. Her father is a wealthy financier.

Outraged by this? Think Sanchez’s personal life is nobody’s business? Sound off below!

Dave Carlin

Comments (96)
  1. jefferson says:

    did he know that she was 17 after or before the sex?plus put some blame on the parent for letting her little girl to go to a bar at 17, and the bar for not doing a better job for keeping minors out.

  2. Ron says:

    wait ’til Sanchez’s 14 yr olds start coming out of the woodwork ….

  3. Mike says:

    How do we know that Sanchez knew how old this trollop was? SHE said she told him, but she lied about her age to the club, she could very well be lying now. They could put an end to fake IDs by arresting those who employ them. Arrest the girl, call her parents to come down and bail them out and charge them with a misdemeanor the first time, a felony the second. Mommy & Daddy can pay the fine.

  4. John says:

    In the immortal words of Matthew McConaughey…”You know what I like about high school girls….I get older….and they stay the same age”…

    BTW…the photo I saw of her…she had a cigarette in her hand…I think the legal age to smoke is 18… she smokes illegally and admitted to illegally gaining access to a club by using a fake ID… who is the REAL criminal? and a repeat offender at that…bad girl..naughty…naughty…u should be spanked until ur little bottom is all red and puffy….oof…cold shower time

  5. John says:

    It’s funny how all these Dads are barking up a storm here…but when they were 24…17 year old poon was prob the choice vintage….but now they have daughters….they get all moral and judgemental….hipocrites!

  6. John says:

    First off… what point in the story does it say she ever told him her real age…looking at some of the other comments….did i miss something? Second, she used a fake ID to get into the club and it was good enough to fool the club (not that they are experts, mind u)…so why do you think she would all of the sudden be honest with him…she has already shown intent and a propensity for deception…and lastly….he is a sports figure not a politician…and also very young…sports are no more than entertainment…and entertainers are not known for their moral values…he is no more a celebrity or held to a higher standard than any famous singer or actor….and there are plenty of them in our history who made missteps and much worse than what Sanchez has done…can anyone say Lindsey Lohan….Paris Hilton…Vanessa Hudgens….Jim Morrison…Jerry Lee Lewis….Rob Lowe…Pam Anderson….and the list goes on and on

  7. Poots says:

    This girl is in my grade at my school. Welp, I guess I have to go back to lying about my hometown now.

    1. John says:

      How about u lie about where u are from….and I will lie about being a famous football star? we should exchange numbers…….j/k

  8. nancy says:

    Can someone explain the difference between this incident and L. Taylor’s situation? It looks like both didn’t use great judgment.

    1. Pete says:

      The girl told Sanchez she was 17, so he knew because she told him the truth. LT’s case he asked her her age, she told him she was 18, she lied. No excuse on the part of both Sanchez & Taylor, both are grown men who should know better, well, you would think they would, obviously we now know better.

      1. Bill says:

        Know better than what? She’s young, she’s hot, it’s legal, what up?

    2. Elmo says:

      Nancy you must not have read anything about LT’s situation if you think these situations are the same.

      1. Nancy says:

        I’m just trying to get clarification. You can’t argue that both didn’t have bad judgment. I understand the difference between an legal and illegal act.

    3. John says:

      Sure….here is the main difference…LT paid for an underage PROSTITUTE, even if did not know her age, whom had been visibly brutalized when she showed up at his door….and then continued brutalizing her himself in his hotel room….this was not his first incident with someone underage I might add….As for Sanchez…he met a woman at a club whom he thought was at least 21 because she was in the club in the first place….and they had an consensual encounter…not to mention that she is over the age of consent despite the deception of her age…at no point in this article does it say she told him her real age….so…One is CRIMINAL….in more ways than one….and the other was deceived and then used for publicity….I’d say there is a big difference

  9. bioremediation says:

    A 17 year old easliy pass for a 21 year old, especially at a night club. She used a false ID. Where were the parents

    1. Its always the parents fault says:

      Really bioremediation, and you never lied to your parents, telling them you were in the library when you were actually in Jimmy’s basement playing with him & yourself. Where were our parents when you were jerking Jimmy off? Don’t tell me, holding the video camera. Can’t blame the parents for everything their kids do. Sanchez is 24 yrs old, she TOLD HIM she was 17 yrs, he knew. Hell, blame Sanchez parents

  10. ratso says:

    COncentrate on the parents and not Sanchez. SHe used the fake id int he forst place. How is that his fault,,,??

  11. Yvette says:

    This 17 year old girl has already met with a gossip site and has released pictures. Why don’t rich guys realize they are being used. I just don’t understand the stupidity.

    1. Richie Rich says:

      Yvette, this girl’s daddy has more money then Sanchez could ever dream of, so she’s filthy rich, so here it’s not about the money, the girl wanted some D##K and she got it.

      1. Yvette says:

        I left out one major point. It’s called publicity. So let me rephrase my sentence. Why don’t rich famous guys realize they are being used for publicity and/or money.
        The girl wanted some publicity and she got it. D##K is easy to get. Publicity is not so easy.

      2. Richie Rich says:

        Yvette, lets put Sanchez into the equation, because he is part of this, he has money & fame and he uses his money and fame to get laid. Let’s not make this just young girl looking for something in return. If Sanchez was a regular guy, do you think he would get any easy action? no. Its easier for a girl to get some D##K, anytime she wants it, then for a regular guy to get P###Y. If he has money & fame, is there for the taking. If you had a choice, us (regular guys) Brad Pitt, Tom Brady & Bon Jovi, who would you pick. Yes, case closed

      3. Yvette says:

        Sanchez would most certainly get laid even if he wasn’t rich & famous. I’m not like this girl and thank God most girls are not like her but if you or any guy looked like the guys you mentioned minus the money I think most girls would pick you or the regular guy. I say this because most girls want loyalty. Yes the money is nice but loyalty means a lot more down the road. Guys with loads of money don’t even know how to spell loyalty. An example are the three guys you mentioned. None of them have been loyal.

    2. Richie Rich says:

      OK if you say so. Glad to hear you’re not like those women.

    3. John says:

      So seeing that you are not like this girl….how about giving me ur phone number? lol…j/k

      1. Yvette says:

        Haha. I’m married. There are good girls out there. I hear it from both sides all the time. Where are the good girls? Where are the good guys? I tell girls there are good guys out there too.

  12. LT says:

    sounds like Ben Roethlisberger here, no wait, the girl who accused Ben was a college girl over the age of 20. This girl here told Sanchez she was 17, so Sanchez knew her age, she’s jail bait. Jets fans, no surpirse, are hipocrites.

    1. John says:

      Let’s recap…Sanchez had an consesual encounter with a girl who was legally able to give consent…Roethlisberger, on the other hand, was accused of sexual assault….BIG DIFFERENCE!

      1. Mike says:

        John the Baptist, wait until you have a daughter her age, I bet you’ll be the first to try keeping her home knowing there are predators like Sanchez & yourself waiting for naive young girls to enter clubs. Or maybe you’re into little boys so you really don’t care or have respect for girls. That’s what it is, John here is into little boys.

      2. LT says:

        John, were you beat up because you were caught playing with your sister’s Barbie doll? Were you dressing up the doll while wearing mommy’s dress & her high heels. Did your sister take the Barbie from you while kicking your a$$. Is this the reason you hate women, because John, you hate women. I now see the big difference you were talking about. You have a lot of anger towards women. Seek help

  13. Jet Fan says:

    Girls these days may be 17. But look and are built like they are 25. How is a guy to know. You do not normally ask a woman her age. And most of them would lie anyway.

    1. John says:

      I personally like them to be 25 and look 17…but I agree

  14. Lennyscards says:

    I wonder if he wipes boogers on her too? Classless, just like most of New York.

    1. mike says:

      Wow- what a ridiculous comment. Not only did you include millions of innocent, decent people under one ominous umbrella., unfairly…you also got your facts wrong. This took place in NJ. Not NY. Sanchez lives and plays in NJ. NJ is a completely different state. Check a map. Clearly, you need to work on your reading comprehension skills as well as your georgraphical knowledge of the United States. You are truly misguided and narrow-minded.

    2. Lennyscards says:

      Sorry, let me rephrase…just like most of New York and it’s suburban neighbor, New Jersey. Snooki, Situation, Sanchez…all the same to me.

  15. joe maino says:

    It just goes to show how basically uptight everyone is in the USA. Get a grip, it ain’t all that bad. Legally, morally, if they enjoyed each others company, so what??

  16. jdubs says:

    Can all you haters out there please get together and let me know what the proper age difference is between two people of the age of consent. I’d sure hate to get any of you people mad at me 🙂 And remember It’s got to be figured down to the minute.

  17. Common Sense Kidd says:

    Another case of WONDERFUL parenting: 17 year old – Connecticut – NYC Nite Club – New Years Eve – Fake ID. Pay less attention to Marks decisions and more on the parent’s. Typical East Coast wealthy parents with no time to raise a child.

  18. Mr. Armenia says:

    The teenagers parents need to be prosecuted for bad parenting and the 17 year old girl needs to be charged with using a fake id to enter the nightspot.

    Its people like this 17 year old who ruin peoples lives.

  19. Tone says:

    No 24 year old man shouldn’t be messing with a 17 year old girl…bottom line. She’s in high school for crying out loud. I’m 24 years old as well and if I messed with a 17 year would be frowned upon BUT I guess the rules change when you’re NFL QB, huh??? SMH!

    1. Mr. Armenia says:

      If the girl lied about her age it is not his fault. Why isnt she cited for underage drinking?

    2. John says:

      What rules would that be exactly? the law states the age of consent is 16…that is the only “rule” that I can see……now if he was her HS teacher….that would be another story

  20. Jay Flori says:

    Law Enforcement take care of this pervert and send him too meet Big Bubba the love child. He will explain the do’s and don’ts of sex acts with minors.

    1. jdubs says:

      wow, mr. flori you are a very bitter person. did it ever occur to you that the only one breaking the law here was a young girl with a fake i.d. that most likely didn,t reveal her age? But i guess it’s always the mans fault.

    2. John says:

      Only one problem Gay Jay….he did nothing illegal…sh was of age and in the eyes of the law….old enough to make that choice….and old enough for him not to care

  21. Mr. Armenia says:

    ridiiculous accusations

    1. Mr. Armenia says:

      He didn’t break any laws.

  22. Alex Shalman says:

    The only slime ball here, and in a really bad way, is the reporter who decided to make a story out of this. He’s 24, she’s 17, which is not a huge age difference, and there is nothing illegal about it.

    It’s their personal right as Americans to make such a decision, this is why we’ve fought great wars and made constitutions, and live in a democracy – so we are free to make decisions under the letter of the law.

    I’m sorry, but I hate reporters like this. Just because she’s the daughter of a big hedge fund manager and he’s a Jets quarterback, you think this is a story. Next you’ll be hiding inside Sanchez’s toilet and counting his poops – leave the decent man alone, and leave the girl alone.

    1. Jay Flori says:

      You must be the president of National Perverts R -US. You along with this sicko Sanchez need to have your computers and homes chcked for photos of little boys nude. If this Sanchez is allowed to play one more professional Football game foe anyone the team shouldx be barred. He is a discrace to all professionals in any sports. Castrasion is about a correct move for this pervert.

      1. Alex Shalman says:

        The man did nothing wrong, legally or morally. Instead of accusing me of being a pervert, let’s look at the law.

        If he misses a single game because of this ridiculous reporter and laughable media push, it will be a very sad day for corruption. I wish Mark good luck, and hope he follows this up with a good PR team, and then moves on from this quickly.

  23. lenny says:

    maybe the 17 year drained sanchez his
    energy needed for the playoff

    another dirty sanchez moment

  24. Andrew says:

    As a Patriots fan; lock him up and throw away the key. And then send her ass to my house.

    1. Shawn Ryu says:

      Bandwagon fan

  25. bob says:

    Please, lets get real here. Most 17 year old women look older especially when dressed up. We’re going to beleive that she told him she was 17? WHY would she blow her cover by telling him her true age? To the Mom’s out there who are outraged., wake up and smell the coffee. Your daughters are going to be persued, might as well be by a man and not a boy; think about it!

  26. Leigh says:

    look at the facts: (1) 17 y/o GIRL of a Wealthy Financier from Greenwich Conn = SPOILED. (2) used a fake ID to get into a club on NYE (3) lack of judgement on her parent’s part to allow her to do this (3) she got dressed up, so she probably didn’t look her age, and yes though not legally an adult, the age of consent IS 16, but this GIRL ACTED IMMORALLY and ILLEGALLY by entering a nightclub. Mark is not gonna card her. He is gonna see a pretty “woman” and want to dance with her etc. It would have/should have been during subsequent meetings/communications that he learn more about her, but do you REALLY think she would ‘fess up after having lied about her age in the first place?

  27. John Prewett says:

    Just read where a Picasso painting of his teenage lover sold for 35 milllion.

  28. andrew says:

    Hey man, even the Beatles did it: “SHE WAS JUST 17… YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!”

    1. John says:

      Winger….1980s classic song “17”…let’s not forget about that

  29. Not that serious says:

    I’m not seeing how this is a big deal. A girl walks into a club with a FAKE id… obv not gonna go around saying shes 17 bc that would defeat the point of being there. So chances are he had no idea. On the slight chance he did, ye its gross but it isnt illegal. As for the girl, what 17 yr old girl wouldn’t hook up with Mark Sanchez… and if i was her mom, as long as she protected herself, I wouldve been proud. Not cool that she went to the press though.

    1. MJ says:

      The fact that you would be proud if you were her mom is so wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to start Please grow up.

  30. andrew says:

    who cares! notice how they did not mention his age in the article. she’s legal… and that means GAME ON! don’t waste your time judging. most of the dudes out there would have trouble resisting a legal piece, so fresh and so clean-clean!

  31. David Mortz says:

    Dirty Sanchez!!

  32. mike says:

    im not drinkin anymore pepsi

  33. MJ says:

    I question anyone’s character and intentions who does not see anything wrong with this situation, if it’s actually true. I have a young daughter and teach high school and this kind of behavior is totally embarrassing. If cool guy QB turned on the charm to my 17 year old daughter he would end up regretting it. Maybe he’s taking personal life advice from Cromartie and Edwards. The Jets sure have some classy guys at the moment. Jets fans trying to defend these kinds of actions are laughable.

    1. andrew says:

      Chances are, YOU would regret fighting Mark Sanchez. I mean, chances are a pro-QB is gonna open a can whoop-@$$ on ya. Just saying.

      1. RFurious says:


      2. MJ says:

        When you’re a dad, and your daughter is involved, the pro QB has no chance. Just saying.

    2. James says:

      You must have read a different article than the rest of us. This “young Girl” used a fake id to gain access to this man and now is trying to exploit this man for her own greed and benefit. I’m not condoning a grown man with star power luring 17 Y/O girls but please lady get your head straight the victim here is Sanchez.

    3. John says:

      While this situation may not be ideal….he did nothing illegal…and unless they change the law….and we all become experts at identifying fake IDs….you can’t really fault him

  34. LI_Brian says:

    He’s 24. She’s 17. I see nothing wrong w/this. Granted, they’re both immature merely because of their ages, but I wish them much fun together.

    1. John says:

      exactly….money does not equal maturity…isn’t that right Paris hilton?

  35. Rev. Charles L. Nowell, Sr. says:

    He did not know her true age, and it does happen to the best of us, rich or poor. If it was a poor unimportant person then wew would not be hear any thing about this. Did anyone know anything about what was said or done between Mr. Sanchez and young lady. We are always trying to play moral code to justified trying to ruin someone life through the media. And those people that have nothing to do but ruin lives again and again for no other reason then they can. Rev. Charles L. Nowell, Sr.

    1. Jay Flori says:

      Are you a mentally challenged or one of many REV. that also peak at the children in your church outings. You are a sick minded as this pervert.

      1. John says:

        “….a mentally challenged….” what? peak…like a mountain….or peek….like peek a boo…speaking of mentally challenged

    2. John says:

      Well…said Rev….now let that altar boy out of the closet already and tell him to get dressed…its dinner time..

  36. Luz says:

    Nothing wrong with this. He has a latin background and this is common, if he has parental consent on behalf of the girl. This is acceptable in many countries. Americans are a double standard society.

    1. John says:

      I do not think he did anything wrong but using ur logic… the Phillipines the age of consent is 12 as long as there is no monetary exchange…in other words…prostitute…so does that mean that we should overlook anyone having sex with a 12 or 13 year old because they are of Filipino heritage?

  37. Ellen says:

    Do I agree with a 24 year old man going out with a 17 year old girl, no way, but here’s the clinker. Most 17 year old girls are having sex more and more, and 17 isn’t what it was when I was young, and another thing to all this mess is how do we really know if Sanchez knew the age of the young woman he was wooing in a night club? What just take the word of a girl who placed this sordid story on facebook pictures in all. Sounds like she herself was bragging to her friends big time, and sometimes when one brags one usually elaborates what really went on.

  38. frank says:

    he could literally date thousands of willing attractive women of LEGAL AGE. he’s a celebrity with access to models, actresses, other gorgeous women, etc. this is just weird, not to mention illegal. fake id? looks older than her age? no excuse man!

    1. Chris says:

      frank READ THE ARTICLE !!! Although it is not the greatest thing to do IT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Know what you’re talking about before commenting!

    2. John says:

      16 = age of consent

  39. The BIG D says:

    I am so glad to see her parents gave her the freedom to make her own decisions. The dumb little bimbo they are raising must make them so proud.

  40. G says:

    At 17 i bet she got more brains that that 24 yr chick that dates hugh the playboy

  41. Bob Fowler says:

    Disasters around the world, riots against regimes, economic ruination of countries, and we need to be concerned what 2 people, who are breaking no laws, are doing? Keep up the good work TMZ.

    Let’s try to put some efforts into dealing with our county’s demise, and stop looking in the neighbor’s window. Nosy bodies.

  42. John Prewett says:

    I’m 62. Wife 48. So sue me.

    1. Jerry the mouse says:

      yes, but is she faithful, after all John, you’re an old geezer, with nothing left in the tank and she’s just 48. While the old cat’s away, she could be playing with a much younger mousy. Who’ll be suing who then. Before bragging John, it’s something you should think about.

  43. WhoGivesAhoot says:

    Ben Sturner of the Leverage Agency? Whose cousin is thiks so-called expert? The court of public opinion? Puleeze!

  44. John says:

    As an athlete who is a looked upon by thousands of kids as a role model,he should use discretion when in a situation as he was in.After he found out this woman’s true age,maybe he should have just politely told her ,have a nice night,and move on to meet women closer to his own age.He is a very popular and excellent athlete.He needs to be careful in these types of situations.Certainly,you do not want to have something occur that could jeopardize his career with the Jets or his own personal life.

  45. jerseyjoey says:

    FIRE HIm, he is a pedifile. Whatever he endorses i will not do business with and not just only me either, you piece of molesting overpaid dirt, wait to uor feedback on this hits retail and corp america, see ya chester

    1. JETFAN says:

      The 17-year-old is quoted as saying she used a fake ID to get into nightclub Lavo on 58th Street, where she said she met Sanchez on New Year’s Eve.
      NOW, who is at fault? She should be arrested and put in jail and taught a lesson…

    2. andrew says:

      That’s not pedophilia Joey Bag-o-donuts! Put down the sausage and peppers sandwich and pick up a dictionary. AY-OH!

    3. John says:

      First off…the word PEDOPHILE…defines someone who sleeps with children or someone under the age of consent….which this girl is clearly not….secondly…why do we assume that he actually knew her real age…after all he met her in a club that you had to be 21 to enter?

  46. WOODSIDE MIKEY says:

    How much you want to bet that her P S L IS BETTER THEN HER CROOK DAD’S !!!

  47. Mookie D says:

    Tony Randal was 75 when he married his 2nd wife, Heather who was 25 at the time. The couple subsequently had two children, Julia Laurette Randall (b. 1997) and Jefferson Salvini Randall (b. 1998), and they remained married until his death in 2004. Sometimes things happen in life that we never expect. Sometimes we get involved in situations that might not seem right. We are all human and we all made some questionable decisions in life. Let us cut Mark some slack. Did he know how old Eliza was at the club that night? When did he find out? Or did he until now. As a parent I do not agree with his decision if he knowingly knew her age but at the same time if he did not know and he treated her with respect then he did not do anything wrong.

  48. you go mark says:

    she had a fake id. he most likely thought she was older. can you argue with young vagina

  49. Antonio says:

    If he was 40 & she was 33 no one would care. The guy was in a club that she used a fake ID to get into so he is under no expectation to not think she was older than she really is. Once he got to know her a little & realized her real age, which is of legal consent, there should no longer be any problem.

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