For the first time in years, we have an NFL offseason where are there no reports of Colin Kaepernick being ready just in case a team wants to bring him in and give him a second chance in the NFL after he was blackballed out of the league.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is focusing on other things like being an author of his just-released book titled, “Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game.”
The man behind “The Colin Kaepernick Foundation,” a nonprofit that aims to empower Black and Brown youth, had a message to deliver this week and it was about his adoptive parents. His book details his early life before he became a professional athlete and made headlines by taking a knee during the national anthem, sparking a movement within the NFL to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
Kaepernick talked about coming to terms with his racial identity while growing up in a White family. He remembered disagreements with his parents that he attributed to racism, calling his upbringing “problematic.”
“I know my parents loved me. But there were still very problematic things that I went through,” the biracial quarterback said to CBS News.
“I think it was important to show that, no, this can happen in your own home, and how we move forward collectively while addressing the racism that is being perpetuated,” he added.
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Rick and Teresa Kaepernick adopted Colin after his biological mother put him for adoption after his father left his mother.
Kaepernick pointed to one moment in the novel where he depicted a fight he had with his parents during high school over his hairstyle. Kaepernick recalled receiving pushback from his parents after he wanted to rock his hair in cornrows like his hero, NBA star Allen Iverson.
“He’s getting what rolls?” his mom says in the graphic novel.
Kaepernick said his mom warned his hair was “not professional” and he “looked like a little thug.”
Before the 2016 season, the former San Francisco 49ers player drew national attention when he started protesting the national anthem as he kneeled during games to protest police brutality and racism.
He has been out of the league ever since.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.