I would argue the developed mythology harmed the predator, in first two films, the predator is a hunter who enjoys hunting and killing its favorite sport, humans. No grand reason, it just likes like to hunt humans for sport.
Later media will have them as honorable with lots of codes which they didn't really have before.
They are sporting maybe, but honor might be too much.
Then you got latest movie that now says they don't hunt for fun but for dna to enhance themselves, even though dna doesn't work that way.