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If you're a winning athlete or coach, it makes sense that the public would forgive you even if you're a horrible person. Many people think Bobby Knight is one of the best basketball coaches in collegiate history -- even though he has choked and hit players.

By Garrison Wynn | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Flawed heroes: a love story

Michael Vick is very lucky. He is the latest beneficiary of American pop culture's curious penchant for amnesia about the bad behaviors of famous people.

By Patricia McGuire | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

'Go and sin no more'

Vick does some public speaking for the Humane Society. He is, at his core, a good person. He has paid the price -- by serving time -- for his crime.

By Jan Scruggs | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's not about football

Redemption will not come from the fans who cheer Vick on the field. It will happen quietly in the privacy of his own soul, as it must for each and every one of us.

By Jennifer Tucker | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Benefit of the doubt

There comes a time to let go of the past. Vick served his time and now seems intent on turning things around. I give him the benefit of the doubt.

By Seth Kahan | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Wanting to believe

Sometimes it takes a fall from grace to transform into an instrument of leadership.

By Cleve Francis | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Nothing succeeds like success

Michael Vick has 'redeemed' himself with his blinding success at America's favorite sport because everyone loves a winner. He has also been much less arrogant since his return from the Big House.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | November 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Don't fool yourself

Let me be brutally honest: The only people who truly believe that American cars are better than Asian cars are the people who have never owned both.

By Garrison Wynn | April 26, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Not everyone can recover

Rehabilitation is not always an option. Sometimes an offender just needs to go away.

By Jan Scruggs | March 11, 2010; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (4)

Move on

Victims wallow in their mistakes and wear their shame for all to see. Survivors, on the other hand, move past the devastation.

By Celeste Owens | March 11, 2010; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

From shame to success

We all make mistakes and embarrass ourselves. When you are a public figure, you embarrass yourself in front of millions of people. That's the difference.

By Jeanine Cogan | March 11, 2010; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Comeback kids

There's no such thing as a private action for a public figure. Nor is shame a permanent condition, only a temporary problem.

By Patricia McGuire | March 11, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

We're all human

At a basic level, Mr. Baldwin is a human being and, like the rest of us humans, is at times associated with questionable decisions and actions.

By Cleve Francis | March 11, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

The celebrity survival kit

They say true talent is forged in pain and unhappiness, and there is a lot of truth to that.

By Garrison Wynn | March 11, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crossing the line

This was a drunk father taking out his frustrations on his daughter. Some folks might relate to that. Others may find it unacceptable but can understand the circumstances.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | March 11, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

We love second acts

There's nothing we love more than an underdog unless it's a comeback. Just think: Marion Barry. Marv Albert. Don Imus. Eliot Spitzer. Angelina Jolie.

By Nell Minow | March 11, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Human frailty and healing

Alec has done much to repair his image both professionally and privately.

By Seth Kahan | March 11, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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