The former Grey's Anatomy
star recently caused a firestorm over social media for his comments on comedian Chris Rock getting pulled over by police on Monday for the third time in seven weeks
. The Top Five
actor documented all three incidents with selfies that he tweeted.
On Wednesday, Washington suggested that Rock "adapt" to racial profiling by driving a less expensive car in order to avoid getting stopped by police.
Not surprisingly, the tweet didn't go over too well -- The 51-year-old actor got plenty of heated responses disagreeing with him, including one from The Roots drummer Questlove.
Isaiah eventually responded to the criticism, saying his critics "misconstrued" his message.
He later appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon to further explain his controversial comments, suggesting that Rock should reach out to local police.
"I really feel [Rock] needs to look at the area that he's in, and maybe even visit with the local police officers in that community, because I got pulled over so many times they should have memorized my license plate," he said.
This isn't the first time Washington has caused controversy. In 2007, he apologized for a gay slur against his Grey's Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight. But at the Golden Globes that year, he used the word again backstage after the hit ABC show won Best Drama. He was dropped from the show later that year.
Though eight years later, Grey's Anatomy
continues to be a hit show. ET caught up with the cast last August, when they adorably tried -- and failed -- to explain medical terms
. Watch below!