On cheating

We don’t know if the New England Patriots deflated balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. We have yet to read or hear what advantage would be gained by doing so either. This is not about any specific incident in any particular sport. But here’s what we are tired of: We’re tired of players who are proven cheaters or scoundrels being wholeheartedly welcomed by adoring fans just because of their ability to hit a baseball, catch a football, or dunk a basketball. We’re tired of the culture that encourages fans to forgive and forget sins committed by individuals wearing their favorite jerseys when little or no real regret or repair has been offered by the offender. This article by John Berman is about one team. But if more fans from all sports felt this way and followed-through, maybe fewer of our heroes would end up disappointing us.

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