Baseball legend Sammy Sosa has once again found himself at the center of attention.
This time, it’s for the color of his skin.
Dominican sports journalist Franklin Mirabal shared a few photos of Sosa with light skin in Paris just a few days before his 49th birthday on Sunday.
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The Internet freaked out, wondering what happened to the retired Haitian-Dominican baseball player.
But this wasn’t the first time the world saw Sosa with lighter skin. Sosa made an appearance on ESPN in July that shook up the Internet.
This week, rapper T.I. told TMZ that Sosa’s light skin is the result of bleaching.
In 2009, Sosa’s skin started to appear lighter and people speculated that it was either because of a skin disease, skin bleaching, or an unfortunate byproduct from steroid use, ESPN reports. Sosa tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug in 2003.
But Sosa told Univision reporters that his light skin was caused by a cosmetic cream, ESPN reports.
"It's a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some,” Sosa said. “I'm not a racist, I live my life happily.”