Like any other celebrities, athletes often become heroes to young (and not very young) people. In general, sports personalities are positive role models; they promote an altruistic mission, are truly enthusiastic about their sport, and most important, they earned their image with a hard work. But even such respectable start fall every now and then. Most scandals concentrate around performance-enhancing drugs although few athletes have been involved in family violence. At this point, the perception of sports fans must have crashed under the pressure of disappointment. But
is it such a disaster if respectable athletes go the wrong way?
Just like in the case of pop stars and TV celebrities, athletes are the adults we do not know personally. Therefore, fans shall not be too much shocked if famous people do some mistakes. They are also humans and have their reasons to act in a certain way, especially when their career is at stake. We can only observe and judge them depending on circumstances. After all, there are millions of people on Earth who do not behave ethically, and many of them are quite famous and well-off.
Apparently, athletes have the only obligation – to perform to the best of their abilities and not to violate rules. Thus, it is better for fans not to feel attached to famous people so much to avoid a disillusionment.