The actress was seen leaving Mel's Diner in Hollywood with 23-year-old Mc Knight, who is a childhood friend of Sanchez.She last week denied being romantically involved with Sanchez after they were spotted out together in Los Angeles.PHOTOS: Hollywood's hottest football fans "I've always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends," she told Us."I'm into sports, so Scotty and I have a lot in common." The star does indeed have a sporty side.PHOTOS: Hayden's best bikini moments Szohr isn’t the first actress Mc Knight has dated.From June 2011 to December 2012, he was linked to Hayden Panettiere, who was on a split from her now-fiance Wladimir Klitschko.Pannettiere, 21, and Mc Knight, 23, a wide receiver for the Jets who previously played for the University of Colorado, were photographed leaving a diner together in West Hollywood, Calif., last week.The two reportedly know each other through Mc Knight's teammate and childhood friend, Mark Sanchez.
The new couple was seen together in West Hollywood on May 20, days after the actress announced she and boxer Wladimir Klitschko had ended their romance.
"I'm a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with Mark and his buddies," Pannettiere told Us on June 2.
"I've always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends.
The 23-year-old actress and the 24-year-old football player had "distance and different personalities" that broke them apart, Us Weekly reported.
Panettiere attributed her dating of Mc Knight, currently a free agent wide receiver, to her love of sports and having a lot of male friends around- that helped her to relate to the NFL player.