Many years ago I knew a man who was reputed to be a smooth operator. People would say that he always had the right words, was too friendly, and that he tried to impress others with his expensive wardrobe. There was a regular gossip network against the fellow and yet I cannot recall a specific instance being cited in which he had truly done wrong to anyone. He had a cadre of enemies that became hazy when asked to provide the particulars for their animosity. In fact, the nicer he was, the more his critics suspected some ulterior motive.
Since then, I've grown wary of such reputations. In my every dealing with him, he was honest, kind, and thoughtful. I can't say the same for his critics.