Smollett was found guilty for lying about an alleged 2019 hate crime in Chicago. According to EurWeb, Howard talked about Smollett on the Mark My Words radio show with host Mark Vargas, saying that he thought the situation was "interesting."
"[I]t's an uncomfortable question because anyone that's aware of the show or my relationship with Jussie would know that Jussie [was], for six years…my son. He was my son that I had the most difficulty with on that show as far as the character world goes," he said, referencing the storylines that his character Lucious Lyon had regarding his homophobia towards Smollett's character Jamal Lyon.
"[Y]ou end up getting very close to individuals that you have the most struggle with, whose characters you have the most struggle with," Howard continued.
“…They [the jury] judged him and found him guilty, 12 of them that judged from a completely unbiased position…you have to respect that.”
“If they [Smollett and brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo] had gotten away with it, whoever orchestrated it, whatever was set up, if they got away with it, then we would have the potential of Blacks feeling like they need to defend Black people against MAGA [Make America Great Again], and it could have turned into something very scary and very ugly,” he continued. “People would have gotten hurt and killed and if that was the case, the blood on someone’s hands would have been massive.”
Smollett could get up to three years in prison for his crime, but he will more than likely receive probation.