Tuck: Once A Cheater, Always A Cheater?
Once a cheater, always a cheater. Is it true? Is it fair?
The first problem facing Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and others who have been accused of, and/or admitted to cheating in baseball, is that most people don't care enough to even ask those questions. Life is easier when we can establish guidelines, and then live by them.
The second problem is that approach is too simple and fails to appreciate the complexity of why people cheat in the first place, let alone predicting whether or not they are capable of betraying you again.
The psychology of cheating is very complex, much more than a moralistic conversation about it whether a person is good, bad, or flawed. Should we really simply dismiss someone as damaged goods if they cheat?
You see, the question is not, "Can I ever trust him again?" but rather, "What contributed to this person's choice to betray me?"
Cheating is defined below.