The point is everyone has a reputation and it is mustered through the perception of others about what is done or not. Sometimes what is said is coupled with how it is said and then BOOM!! Opinions grow as fast as the green, green grass of home in spring! Sometimes one plants it; oftentimes reputation is repotted by others. The essence remains because God created each one of us.
When stories are made up to paint a picture that may not be accurate, we think of lies. They begin in conversations everywhere by everyone, and soon gossip continues to add twigs to the fire. Unwarranted attacks by one person is awkwardly hurtful because manipulation filters misguided information that can become tragic. That is called character assassination. In some cases it takes years to bring to light the truth, and for the faithful, gratitude is in store.