Personally, I see no reason to try to defend the indefensible by whatever name you choose to call it. My personal feelings at the time were that Teddy was clearly the weakest of the four brothers. In my mind, that makes his achievements over the next 40 years even more remarkable. I never would have considered him to be capable of salvaging his life and finding a niche where he could play an important role and win the respect of so many of his political opponents.
My condolences to his family and those who loved him.