This is not the first time black celebrities have whitened their skin. But rarely has anyone of them pulled it off so completely as MLB great Sammy Sosa.
legendary athlete has been defending himself against those who have criticized his significantly lighter skin tone, which began to show after his retirement from baseball, calling the negative comments “garbage.”
Along with another legend of the game, he changed the game of Baseball during his career. Sosa, who was born in the Dominican Republic, entered the Major Leagues back in 1989 as a member of the Texas Rangers, and later joined the Chicago Cubs. But he became a household name in 1998 during his home run race against St. Louis Cardinals’ player Mark McGwire, which he eventually lost.
But since his MLB career ended, Sosa’s appearance has changed—dramatically. Today, Sosa’s once dark brown skin is now, shockingly white. The contrast so startling, he is sometimes unrecognizable.
Recently the former home run expert explained how he felt about the comments In a new interview with Sports Illustrated that took place at the Burj Al Arab Jumeriah hotel in Dubai. (He now lives in the United Arab Emirates). Sosa who has an impress networth of $70 million, pointed at the luxury around him as the reason why he doesn’t care what critics say about him.
|Sammy Sosa before his transformation|
When the mumbling and reactions about his new look started some years ago, he openly explained how it came about.
“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin tone,” Sosa told Univision in 2009. “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily.”
But that didn't deter the critics and trolls on social media who have been vocal about their surprise to the change over the years, and regardless of Sosa being open about how he is going about the whitening, many attacked him for changing his skin Color and his real reasons behind it.
|Sammy Sosa during his brilliant baseball career with the Chicago Cubs|