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Sammy Sosa's Recent Appearance Has Left Fans Concerned

The baseball great previously explained how he used bleaching cream to "soften his skin." 

Sammy Sosa's decision to change his skin hue isn't new, but after a recent appearance on ESPN Deportes, fans were left scratching their heads over his lighter appearance.

On Wednsday (July 12) ESPN Depores aired a special about the All-Star Home Run Derby with Sosa making a brief appearance. As he shared his thoughts on the game he owned over two decades ago, social media was left fixated on his skin tone.

The retired baseball player shared his decision to lighten his skin in 2009. “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,” Sosa said to Univision’s “Primer Impacto.” “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. What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”

Nonethless, his transformation has been hard to digest by fans.

During his heyday in '03, this is what the former Cubs player looked like:

And later at his birthday party in 2009.

And during another celeb swanky event with David Arquette in 2014.

His ESPN Deportes look hints Sosa has continued the bleaching process, with Twitter taking immediate notice.

Jokes aside, it's hard to ignore the lingering factor of colorism that plays apart in the existence of bleaching creams and other methods some people of color have used to change their skin tone.

Skin Bleaching is a billion-dollar business in places like Asia, with it catching popularity in West and South Africa, as well as Jamaica. Newsweek reports Ghana placed a ban on the product, but has faced issues removing skin bleaching products from retail shops. While over the years, ads have been less problematic, it hasn't changed the curiosity of those interested in bleaching their skin.

Watch Sosa's interview with ESPN Deportes here.

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