Sammy Sosa: Skin Cream Did This

Sosa says he's not purposely bleaching his skin
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2009 9:48 AM CST
Sammy Sosa, right, and unidentified guest arrive at the Latin Recording Academy Person of The Year event on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
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(Newser) – Sammy Sosa attributes his newly lightened skin to three things: facial cream, all those baseball games he played out in the sun, and, of course, those pesky camera flashes, which “made my skin look lighter” at an event last week, he tells Univision. He wouldn’t divulge the name of the cream, but says he is in talks to market it, the New York Daily News reports.

"I use a cream to keep my skin smooth and soft. I apply it before I go to bed. When I was playing for Chicago all those years, I was in the sun a lot for 1 o'clock games." But "I’m not a racist. I’m not like that,” he said when asked whether he was trying to imitate Michael Jackson. “I’m surprised with the controversy this has caused.” One other tidbit: The former slugger is also wearing colored contact lenses these days to "try something different. I'm not trying to be superficial."