Paula Deen's sons defended their mother Tuesday against allegations of racism .
"Our mother is one of the most compassionate, good-hearted, empathetic people that you'd ever meet," Bobby Deen told CNN's "New Day" in an exclusive interview.
The allegations against her "began as extortion and it has become character assassination," he said.
Jamie Deen said his parents taught him the story of his hero, Hank Aaron, when he was a young boy. They explained that "the challenges (Aaron) had to overcome because of his color was unacceptable," Jamie Deen said.