It's one thing when something like the Tiger Woods scandal happens. As sports fans, we can understand that. It sounds strange—because Tiger's fall from grace caught us all off guard—but it happened within a familiar framework. [Insert athlete] has a spotless reputation, a storybook career, and then [insert scandal] happened, and we suddenly see the forest from the trees. We'd missed the point all along. That happens often enough so that it's not a surprise anymore.
Whether it was Magic Johnson's HIV diagnosis, Brett Favre's painkiller addiction, the 90s Cowboys buying a house specifically to do drugs and have sex, Michael Jordan's extensive extra-marital affairs, Kobe in Colorado... We're used to reversing our course on these things. Athletes disappoint us; that's just what happens.