Sammy Sosa's White Skin Has Twitter Freaking Out (Again)

When baseball legend Sammy Sosa was spotted in London, the former Chicago Cubs player looked lighter than ever.

Back in July, the 48-year-old made headlines for appearing with significantly whiter skin. Born in the Dominican Republic, Sosa had melanin-filled brown skin when he first arrived to the United States at the age of 21.

However, in the years that followed his baseball fame, Sosa became noticeably lighter, which caused some fans to question his appearance.

This dude SAMMY SOSA really out here looking like Dan Aykroy in the face!! Nigga look like he been swimmin in baking soda & elmers glue. smh

— DJ RELLYRELL (@DJRELLYRELL) November 7, 2017

Fans were puzzled again by Sosa's new white skin tone on Tuesday after two photos of the Major League Baseball star surfaced. In both photos, including one where Sosa is doing the popular dab dance, the smiling former athlete could arguably be mistaken for a white man.

Just seen this on my IG feed and I swear, I hope I run into Sammy Sosa because I need to ask him a few questions.

— Erika Fernandez (@CurlsAndSports) November 7, 2017

While some fans claimed Sosa's bleached appearance was because he hated his brown skin, others voiced they were worried about the former baseball player's mental state.

Can I just say that the stuff where people make fun of Sammy Sosa's lighter-skinned appearance makes me deeply uncomfortable? Not even from a racial perspective, but mostly from a health/mental health perspective. Lay off.

— Brett Taylor (@Brett_A_Taylor) November 7, 2017

It was 2009 when Sosa first appeared with a lighter skin tone. However, Sosa explained his appearance resulted from using skin bleaching cream.

Sammy Sosa has officially become all the flavors of Neapolitan Ice Cream! #Cubs #FlyTheW #ThatsCub

— Crawly's Cubs Kingdom (@crawlyscubs) November 7, 2017

"It's a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin tone," Sosa told Univision's Primer Impacto show in 2009, adding that his use of the cream had nothing to do with him being ashamed of his previous honey-brown complexion. "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," he noted.

Faltan 4 días para el Gran Cumpleaños de Sammy Sosa en París!!!

— FRANKLIN MIRABAL (@Elreydelaradio) November 7, 2017

Sosa did not explain why he uses the bleaching cream to soften his skin.

Others celebrities have come under fire for their alleged skin bleaching, including the aforementioned Jackson and his sister, La Toya Jackson, as well as Beyonce, Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Lil Kim and Jennifer Lopez—none of whom have actually acknowledged bleaching their skin in an effort to appear lighter.

This ain't sammy sosa, this Doug Buchanan from Vermont.

— Heat Fan in Exile (@ManicMike27) November 7, 2017

Is Sammy Sosa okay? Can someone go check on him??? Please??????

— Josephine (@j0sie95) November 7, 2017

I still can't believe this is Sammy Sosa

— Dustin Regan-Padilla (@dustinregpad) November 7, 2017

A Sammy Sosa 30 For 30 has a lot to explain.

— Adam Howes (@Howsito) November 7, 2017

Colorism drove Sammy Sosa to evolve into John Candy 😕

— Some Random Guy (@Sammyveli) November 6, 2017