In modern times, skepticism has spiked with every new example of cheating, such as the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Even as our culture elevates athletes to superstar status and follows their every move, we are quick to watch them fall from grace and then spread real-time gossip about what happened, said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University in Boston.
“We live in an era of suspicion about anything accomplished,” Lebowitz said. “We get caught up in loving the rise and loving the fall even more. Some of the negative qualities in human nature celebrate the fall more than the feat.”