I beleive he is stepping in trying to assert his thoughts and desire. He is not putting his Moderator's in a spot, he will do it also.
Which is good IMHO.
The fact is try not to get to heated. I am sure we all make a mistake or two, but the thing is to try and remember, it is you who will fall.
If you don't care well then break the rules, or take a breather and go away for awhile, or get fired and then you won't have to concern yourself any longer.
The fact that they are closed and you are still here is a good sign for you.
Many will return under a different handle and start the same thing or maybe, just maybe, learn from it.
I think to return under a different name and be civil might be the way they want