(CBS News) Following a wide-ranging interview with Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito -- in which the lineman said his actions "came from a place of love" -- CBS News special correspondent James Brown, host of "The NFL Today" on CBS, said the relationship between Incognito and teammate Jonathan Martin was the result of "a rudderless ship."
Richie Incognito says Jonathan Martin sent him threatening texts
"The bottom line is the finger's going to be pointed at management and the kind of tone that they set and the kind of workplace environment that existed. That's the bottom line," Brown said Monday on "CBS This Morning". "The players are going to do and push the line as far as the tone has been set by management. And right now, in the early going, there still is a lot more to be revealed. The finger is pointing at the kind of environment that management allowed and tolerated, maybe even encouraged."
As for the players themselves, Brown said the reaction is mixed. He said, "I think it's safe to say the relationship as it's being played out in public now was unorthodox, to say the least."
The use of the N-word in text messages allegedly sent by Incognito to Martin has garnered reactions, particularly among African-Americans, according to Brown. "Many people have an issue with the racist elements, if you will. Race, religion, politics are all hot-button issue, but the button lime is there is no excuse for that at all, period. Richie Incognito did apologize for that, but to say that it comes from a place of love, I think ... that's not the kind of love you like to see."
This story, Brown noted, is important because the players -- whether they want to be or not -- are role models. "They do influence so many people, especially youngsters," Brown said. "So the manner in which -- and the tone and tenor of their relationships is being played out on the national stage right now -- it will have an effect and an influence."
For more with Brown, watch his full "CTM" interview.