O'Neill said: "Stephen wasn't there, he's just picking up on things. These incidents took place towards the end of May in a camp which is almost four months ago.
"If there is still a difference of what was said, I accept that at this minute - I wasn't there myself. Stephen certainly wasn't. I think some of you will have to speak to Harry (Arter) as well about it and I think some of you (media) do.
"I've spoken to Stephen. Do I have sympathy or empathy for a 33-year-old who has known about social media for a lengthy time and says he's just telling it to a crowd of mates?
"Today… probably not. Tomorrow… probably not also. He has been betrayed by some of his friends, who he has known for a long, long time. That will be a disappointment for him."