Washington was born in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the son of actor Denzel Washington and Actress Pauletta Washington (née Pearson). At the age of nine, he appeared as a student in a Harlem classroom in the 1992 feature film Malcolm X, which starred his Father in the title role.
Washington attended Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. He graduated from Campbell Hall School in 2002.
Washington led the conference in rushing in 2005. He was named National Player of the Week by D2Football.com in the same year.
Washington played in NFL Europa for the Rhein Fire in the 2007 offseason.
Washington was drafted by the California Redwoods (later the Sacramento Mountain Lions) of the United Football League in the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009. He signed with the team on August 18. Washington stayed with the team after that and returned for his fourth season with the Mountain Lions in 2012, until the league abruptly folded that October.
Since 2015, Washington has starred as Ricky Jerret in the HBO comedy series Ballers.