In this metaphor, "truth" is nothing more than not falling down and grabbing your knee when only a minor foul--or no foul at all--has been committed. Obviously, soccer players take the occasional "dive" because there is a payoff: if they can fool the referee, their team may be at an advantage. I wonder if there are enough incentives in American society in place to motivate the occasional "fake fall?" Is it conceivable that this kind of thing happens in soccer, but never in life? I know for sure that the culture of "fake falling" is the single feature of soccer that keeps me from becoming a fan, and I suspect that other Americans share my repulsion.
As my high school baseball coach used to say every time we perceived an injustice or injury--either physical or mental or emotional--"rub some dirt on it and get back in there."