Troy Maxson, played by Washington, just makes bad decisions throughout the whole damn movie, wrestling with his demons as a former baseball player who was just past his prime when Jackie Robinson integrated baseball. He drowns his frustrations in pints of gin. He ignores the advice of his best friend Bono as he destroys his relationships with everyone around him. His wife Rose, played by the incomparable Viola Davis, bears the brunt of his failures. He takes her love, support, and long-suffering for granted. Troy is a black man trying to make it in a racist world, but as a black woman, Rose has her burdens too, and he forgets that. He fathers a child outside of his marriage with Rose and in his impenitent "ain't shit"-ness, asks her to mother the child when he is informed that the biological mother dies while giving birth. He destroys his relationship with his son Cory as he stops him from being recruited to play college football. He doesn't support his older son Lyon's efforts in pursuing his music career.