We did not learn the truth until afterwards, but we kind of embraced Lenny Dykstra when he was probably a poster child for cheating (as if someone asked you in 1993 for a list of the 5 most likely cheaters in baseball how could Dykstra not have been one of the answers?).
Unfortunately what Braun did was probably done by a huge percentage of players. Some we know, some we'll never be sure about. I am fine penalizing players for the Hall of Fame based on cheating. At least making it harder for them to get in all other things being equal. But at the same time we'd have to hate everybody if we used those criteria. Same with all the players that lied about your age. I imagine most of us would have done the same thing in their situation (i.e. get a higher bonus by lying about your age).