There comes a point where "loyalty" is just a cover for an inability to accept that you can be deceived and Cognitive Dissonance kicks in whereby it becomes easier to accept any amount of crazy ideas. This is how cults are born.
"Rob remains our hero. The report was biased, written by a troll."
Takes delusional to a new level.
Fair play to "Coach" Kev and A Persson - possibly the lesson is that you should not be so trusting of "nice" people you think you know and not be so distrustful of "nasty" people you don't know bluntly telling you something else. You never learn anything useful by hearing what you want to hear.