It's amazing how fragile a reputation can be. Take Barry Bonds for example. The man was a home-run god, destined for the Hall of Fame. Today he's lucky if a kid wants his autograph. Tom Cruise is in the same boat. For years the star of "Risky Business" was a darling of the silver screen. Today I am not sure he could land the job as host of "Family Feud."
Their falls from grace and inability to salvage their reputations are their own doing. Both have hidden behind their publicists, hoping the dark cloud enveloping their careers dissipates. That will never happen unless they are willing to be truthful and face their detractors.