No I don't think we "glorify" sports figures or celebrities into thinking they can do anything. I do believe many people "compartmentalize" or focus primarily on what that individual does for a living rather than their varied shortcomings as human being.
Most the bad things famous get caught doing they were doing those things when they weren't famous. Money and fame usually gives one legal defense advantages. ( O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, and Oscar Pistorius) easily come to mind. If any of them were earning $9 per hour as school janitor they would have gone to prison.
Fame and money affords these people more "second chances" than the average citizen would ever get. Michael Vick did go to prison for hosting dog fights. When he got out he rejoined the NFL and later signed a multi-million dollar deal.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. went to jail several times for drug use and was in and out of rehab countless times. Last year he earned $75 Million for his work in 'Iron Man 3'. Most of could not have even gotten our job back let alone be put in a position to be financially better off than when we started!
Nevertheless it's not the "idolization" that causes them to break laws. It's the reason why they're usually given second chances!