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Melbourne captain Max Gawn has defended his club’s culture amid of a string of off-field issues in the past month.
It comes after a tumultuous week when Joel Smith was provisionally suspended for testing positive to cocaine after the Demons’ win over Hawthorn in Round 23.
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Earlier this month, the professionalism of Clayton Oliver was questioned and there were doubts surrounding his future at the club despite having seven years to run on his contract.
Oliver was last week hospitalised in the early hours of Thursday morning after suffering a seizure that resulted in a head injury.
The 26-year-old had been living with his captain, although Gawn was away on a post-season trip during the latest controversy.
Gawn said he is in contact with Oliver every day to help him through his personal issues.
“I’m in pretty good dialogue with him and we talk every day – he’s been at my house for a while,” Gawn told 7NEWS Melbourne.