Thierry Henry fell from grace an hour ago as he deliberately used his hand to help score a goal for France in the dying minutes of an elimination game against Ireland for World Cup qualification.
Henry has been held in high esteem by many in the soccer world (including me) for his grace, his fairness, and his efforts to fight bigotry in the world game. However, there is no denying he deliberately used his hand (and forearm) to keep the ball in play before passing it to William Gallas for the winning goal.
I can understand reflex taking over in a situation like this. However, once the handball happened, it was time for a hero or villain to act. Henry chose to say nothing, the unfortunately typical human response in such situations. He had an opportunity to show the world what sportsmanship is. He failed and, in doing so, further sullied the reputation of this sport.