He has no reason to lie about something like this, therefore I have no choice but to believe him.
Lying? No. Stretching the truth because of bias? Yes.
He needs to stop attention whoring and just move on. I don't expect my employer to care about my personal life. I'm there to do a job. His mom was honored in many different way and he made millions working for the organization. If not for Hurney giving him a loyalty contract he would have been gone after 2010. What more should he expect?