Sosa blames skin-colour change on moisturizer

November 11th, 2009 by

www.thestar.com – Former baseball star Sammy Sosa surfaced on Tuesday to address rumours that he has undergone treatment to lighten his skin.

Sosa, a native Dominican, was recently photographed with what appeared to be markedly whiter skin. Rumours swirled that he was undergoing the same sort of treatment that pop star Michael Jackson used to alter his pigment.

In an interview with Spanish-language TV show Primer Impacto, Sosa blamed the change on a skin moisturizer.

“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,” Sosa said. “It’s a cream that I have, that I used to soften (my skin), but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist. I live my life happily.”

Sosa said he uses the cream to combat sun damage he suffered over a lifetime of standing in the outfield of baseball diamonds.

The controversy was sparked when Sosa was photographed last week at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. His noticeable pallor sparked a wave of speculation in the media and on the Internet.

Sosa would only say that the cream is “European.” He claims to be in negotiations to sign on as the unnamed cream manufacturer’s pitchman.


One Response

  1. Johnny D

    I think Sammy is having HIS butt corked, if you know what I mean.

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