Isaiah Washington, who was fired from his role on Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 for using homophobic slurs, is truly supportive of football player, Michael Sam coming out of the closet.
While on the red carpet for the Pan African Film Festival’s premiere of Blue Caprice, HipHollywood caught up with the actor to get his reaction on the college athlete and NFL prospect who recently revealed that he is gay.
“I’m going to always side with my brothers,” Washington told us. “If this brother playing ball is brave enough and strong enough to tell the world ‘hey, this is who I am’ and that’s the man in him … Then we have to respect that.”
He continued, “People forget that I came out and played a gay character in Get on the Bus and got horribly ostracized for it in Fort Greene, Brooklyn afterwards.”
“I was invited to GLAAD in New York at that time in 1997 and was touted as the poster boy for everything good about gay,” he said. “So this idea of me just now becoming a supporter and being on the front lines of supporting my brothers no matter who they’re sleeping with, I can only be an African American man,” Washington explained.
Although the actor has always been a supporter of gay rights, the 50-year-old’s use of homophobic slurs during an argument with his former co-star, Patrick Dempsey taunted his career.
After being fired from the ABC show, the actor took a break from Hollywood, which he revealed to HipHollywood earlier this year that he’s glad it actually happened. “Now I’m a better husband, a better father, better business person, a better producer for it,” he told us.
Washington’s film Blue Caprice is available on DVD.