Blame Sosa's New Look on 'Cleansing': Pal

Despite lightened skin, 'he's not trying to be Michael Jackson'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2009 10:34 PM CST
Sammy Sosa and guest arrive at the 2009 Person of the Year honoring Juan Gabriel at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Nov. 4, 2009, in Las Vegas.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Retired slugger Sammy Sosa comes off as a bit vain, but he isn't bleaching his skin or "trying to be Michael Jackson," a friend says of the photos that took the sports blogosphere by storm last week. "He can't believe it is such a big deal." The friend, like Sosa a former Cubs employee, tells the Chicago Tribune he's just "going through a rejuvenation process for his skin. Women have it all of the time."