Despite her pleas to meet him, Colin Kaepernick is not interested in seeing his birth mother. The quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers calls Rick and Theresa Kaepernick his family.
Heidi Russo, 44, is a nurse living in the Denver area. She has been trying to get Kapernick to meet her since he enrolled at the University of Nevada. Russo gave Colin up for adoption at the age of 19.
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With that lives changed. Rick Reilly recently asked Colin about his birth mother and the responses were not exactly the story book variety that some had been hoping for.
Russo sent Colin one last letter, for him to open at 18. Even after reading it, he had no interest in contact with her. A lot of adopted kids think if they so much as talk to their birth parents, it’s a slap in the face to their adopted ones. They refuse out of a vague notion of respect.
“Is that how you feel?” I asked Kaepernick on Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. “That it would be disrespectful to meet with your birth mother?”
“No,” Kaepernick said. “It’s not really a respect thing. It’s just — that’s my family. That’s it.”
“But aren’t you curious?”
The Kaepernicks have met with Russo recently, without Colin. They have said they would have no problem with Colin meeting his birth mother. Thus far Colin is not interested and/or ready.
Some children are curious to seek out their birth parents, some are not. And finally maybe Colin Kaepernick is more concerned with finding a way to score against the Ravens defense this coming Sunday.