They could have figured "lesser of two evils".

They look stupid admitting the "result is in obvious conflict with a proven scientific fact". But they'd really look stupid admitting they'd accepted a paper with "a huge number of mathematical errors and self-contradictions".

Of course I don't know their thought process but this seems like a possibility.

They look stupid admitting the "result is in obvious conflict with a proven scientific fact". But they'd really look stupid admitting they'd accepted a paper with "a huge number of mathematical errors and self-contradictions".

Of course I don't know their thought process but this seems like a possibility.