What's a word to describe an action that is considered wrong and sometimes immoral, taken by a person whom you wouldn't expect that from. For example, when a politician is caught receiving illegal money, we can say that he embarrassed himself with that. But would there be another expression besides embarrassing oneself in this case? A word or expression that conveyed a stronger connotation?

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    ... embarrassed himself with that.
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 18:57
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    discredited himself
    – ab2
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 18:57
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    "Lost credibility", "burned trust", "let people to question his judgement", "questionable judgement", "tarnished image", "tarnished reputation" , "tarnished their credibility", "ruined reputation", "confidence rending", "confidence"/with others words above
    – Tom22
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 19:25
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    "diminished trust", "diminished reputation", "questionable reputation", "beneath their dignity" "damaged dignity"
    – Tom22
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 19:28
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    "tainted reputation", "tainted image"
    – Tom22
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 19:29

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I hear unbecoming used a lot in this way.

"His behavior was unbecoming the office of the presidency."

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