If you were caught cheating on a test, you would get an F. I know from experience.
Barry Bonds will have an *asterisk next to his name as the all time home run king, because he probably cheated.
You cheat the IRS you get in trouble.
Downloading illegal music, movies or whatever is consider cheating (not buying the "real" product) and there can be severe consequences for doing so.
I could go on and on about cheaters and consequences.
Did you know that the much heralded New England Patriots were caught red-handed cheating. They were fined, the head coach was fined AND their first round draft pick for 2008 was revoked. They cheated. They were caught. Yet the Patriots are celebrated as undefeated, champs of the regular season. They at least deserve an *asterisk.
I think the Patriots should have the same consequences anyone else would have for cheating. Do you?