Colin Kaepernick calls out adoptive parents' racism as he promotes new graphic novel

    Colin Kaepernick's graphic novel memoir details his high school years before he entered professional sports, according to the publisher.

    (CNN)Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick accused his White adoptive parents of perpetuating racism in their household in an interview with CBS' Adriana Diaz on Thursday.

    "I know my parents loved me, but there were still very problematic things that I went through," the 35-year-old said.
    "I think it was important to show that, no, this can happen in your home, and how you move forward collectively while addressing the racism that is being perpetuated."
      Kaepernick revealed that when he had cornrows as a child, his mother said, "Your hair is not professional, you look like a little thug."
        The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback added: "Those become spaces where it's like, 'How do I navigate this situation now?' But it also has informed why I have my hair long today."
        Rick and Teresa Kaepernick are a couple from Wisconsin. CNN attempted to reach out to them for comment but did not immediately receive a response.