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.”

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