You...entirely missed the point of what I was saying. When Sonic Heroes brought the Chaotix back, it did so under the auspices that they were "new" characters. We have that straight from the horse's mouth. Sonic Heroes was designed at a time when Chaotix was considered non-canon and makes that about as explicit as can be expected within the text of the universe. You like to try and justify these things (i.e. by saying that they were trying to antagonise Eggman) and that's fine for us fans to do, but it's not a reading that's supported by the text in the slightest and simply wouldn't be anything but forced and gratuitous as an official explanation. It's best for SEGA to just cut their losses and say "yeah that was said back then, but this is now, Chaotix is canon so something's gotta give and in this case it's that throwaway line in Heroes". Looking forward to it.