Would You Let Your 17-Year-Old Daughter Date an NFL Player?

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Even if Mark Sanchez did date a 17-year-old, it's legal, so why do we care? Credit: Al Bello, Getty Images

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may have had a romantic relationship with a 17-year-old high school student, according to the sports blog Deadspin. Sanchez allegedly met this young lady at a club, they exchanged numbers, did some texting and so on. Again, this is an alleged romantic relationship, and that according to published reports, it would be a legal one in New York state.

Let's talk about this issue from a parenting perspective. In my opinion, it is extremely icky for a man over the age of 18 to date a a high school student, even if it is legal. Still, it's not uncommon. Deadspin points out that Jerry Seinfeld was dating Shoshanna Lonstein when she was 17. Seinfeld was in his late 30s at the time, Sanchez is 24. Age matters. Assuming the story is true, I think that Sanchez at best showed poor judgment. But, playing devil's advocate for a moment, let's look at it this way: If it isn't illegal, who are we to judge?

But we're parents. So legal or not, it's different. Would you let your 17-year-old daughter date an older man?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.