For the record, the situation given in my post has no connection with any other Chief Instructor mentioned in this thread.
There are indeed 2 sides to every story although Rachel and Jim seriously considered just the one that best fits their image of your esteemed Shihan. Good for you. I mean that literally, good for you. You defended the person to whom you owe a lot, which was expected, and happily too, no big deal to me.
Don't forget a Shihan is just human; remember those stories too, as ugly as they are, forgive and continue.