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Defamed male dealing crookedly (8)

Ross

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'defamed male' is the definition.
'maligned' can be an answer for 'defamed' (maligning is a kind of defaming). I'm unsure of the 'male' bit.

'dealing crookedly' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
an anagram of 'dealing' is 'aligned' which is located in the answer.
A single letter 'm' remains which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for maligned that I've seen before include "Spoken ill of", "Unjustly slandered", "stigmatised", "Defamed", "Abused".)

I've seen this clue in Sydney Morning Herald.