Since 2009 there have been speculations on Sammy Sosa's drastic skin lightening transformation. Sosa has on gone on record explaining this change, telling Univision, “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,” he says, "the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is.”
While Sammy Sosa is best known for his homerun hitting on the baseball field, he recently hit back against criticism from his skin being noticeably lighter. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Sosa said, "Look at what I am today. This is my life and I don’t take garbage from nobody. I do whatever I want.”
His son, Junior, also commented on the criticism his father has gotten by saying, “It doesn’t affect him, but I’m sure he feels a certain way.