It comes after the club’s woeful 51-point loss to the Power – a performance Gawn said he is keen to make amends for in their must-win clash against the Crows tomorrow night.
The star ruckman confirmed that he would take his place in the side this week.
“I’m OK. I’m no more battered and bruised than I am during the year (normally),” Gawn told RSN radio.
“We just checked a few things and I will train today and get on the plane and play the Crows.
“There is that added (responsibility) from the captain to potentially go out there and perform.
“But also, if I genuinely did have something wrong with my body, I am smart enough to know that my body is bigger than one game … but my scans were relatively good this week, so it’s all systems go at this stage.”
Melbourne president Glenn Bartlett labelled Thursday nights performance as “insipid” and “disgraceful”.
“When you pull on a Melbourne Jumper, we don’t give them out in Weeties packets,” Bartlett told the Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph.
I spoke to a livid Glen Bartlett last night, who 24 hours on couldn’t contain his anger at a Demons loss which “trashed the jumper”. “It was disgraceful. When you pull on a Melbourne jumper, we don’t give them out in Weeties packets.” Worth your time 👎 https://t.co/RWtvpupzWa
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) July 31, 2020
“It wasn’t Melbourne-like and it won’t be tolerated going forward.”
Bartlett continued to say how the Demons players “trashed” and “disrespected” the Melbourne jumper.
“We have got to cop that criticism and move forward… I know Glenn well, and he is just passionate. He was very disappointed with the result and that’s fair enough,” Gawn said on RSN.
Gawn also told RSN that the president had every right to place his attack on the players, saying “the anger and edge” also comes from how the players felt after the game.
The Demons face the winless Crows at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday at 8.10pm AEST.