BROOK PARK — Given the maelstrom that greeted comments he made the first day of minicamp earlier this month, Browns running back Duke Johnson was remarkably laid back Saturday during an event for teammate Rashard Higgins.

Johnson stopped in Brook Park Saturday for Higgins' Hollywood Bowl event where the Browns wide receiver treated more than a 100 people from 14-24 to an afternoon of bowling.

For those that missed it, Johnson reiterated his stance that he wanted to be traded, only to receive some blowback.

“I only want to be somewhere I’m wanted,” Johnson said June 4 before the first practice of the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp. “At the end of the day, that’s all this is about, being somewhere you’re wanted. In my case, the moment I’m not wanted anymore, I think it’s best that we find a middle ground and we do what’s best for the team. If you don’t want me here, there’s no need to keep me or force me to be here.”

That elicited a reaction from quarterback Baker Mayfield along with some from the outside of the organization. At the time, Mayfield called the perceived controversy self-inflicted.

“Obviously, he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not,” Mayfield said the same day. “It’s moving. You can get out of the way or you can join us. So it is what it is.”

According to reports, several Browns veterans spoke to Mayfield regarding his comments.

“No, sir,” Johnson said when asked if he knew of that at the time.

In the interim, others, including Luther Campbell, former 2 Live Crew rapper and husband of Johnson's agent, Kristin Campbell, admonished Mayfield on Twitter. Former Browns quarterback Josh McCown also defended Johnson.

Johnson shrugged off the fallout.

“I don't really concern myself with that,” he said, adding that he would address the issue at training camp if asked.

George M. Thomas can be reached at gmthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByGeorgeThomas.