A black baseball star has shocked fans by posting a picture of himself with what looks like white skin.
Baseball legend Sammy Sosa caused a social media meltdown after photos of the former Chicago Cubs right fielder dabbing in London went viral.
Fans have noted his not-so subtle transformation since retiring from the big leagues in 2007, and were quick to let him know.
One user posted a series of Tweets of Sosa and his wife in the capital, saying: “Five days until Sammy Sosa’s birthday… Here he is in London!”
And this isn’t the first time Sosa has appeared ‘lighter’, the Daily Mail reports. The Dominican-born athlete, 48, first appeared to have white skin in 2009 and since then it seems the melanin in his skin has pretty much depleted.
Back in 2009, in an interview with Univision’s Primer Impacto, Sosa claimed he used a cream that softened and lightened his skin every night before bed.
It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some.
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.
BRUH….. Sammy Sosa's transformation to Dominican Jay Leno is almost complete. pic.twitter.com/3UXavGl5bt
— Justin Sherman (@JShermOfficial) November 8, 2017
Fans took to Twitter to share their shock and dismay at Sosa’s new look:
User Jaron Montana said: “Sammy Sosa looks like the grandpa from the munsters.”
sammy sosa looks like the grandpa from the munsters pic.twitter.com/gHK6TJisRA
— Jaron MoneyOverBitchesEBKRenogade Montana (@TrilliamClinton) November 8, 2017
“Idk what Sammy Sosa is going thru at this point in his life but this picture is terrifying,” Brandon Williams added.
Idk what Sammy Sosa is going thru at this point in his life but this picture is terrifying pic.twitter.com/iUXh94W04I
— Brandon williams (@hawaiinshirts) November 8, 2017
One user made the obvious skin lightening comparison and compared the athlete to Michael Jackson: “It appears that Sammy Sosa has become the new Michael Jackson. Kind of creepy. #darktolight.”
Faltan 4 días para el Gran Cumpleaños de Sammy Sosa en París!!! pic.twitter.com/gnHzn1BqWl
— FRANKLIN MIRABAL (@Elreydelaradio) November 7, 2017
My 1990 Fleer baseball card of Sammy Sosa… I just need to know does the value increase since he's white now. Lol pic.twitter.com/s1YZzU5gwP
— Lena B (@Lenabanks4real) November 8, 2017
‘My 1990 Fleer baseball card of Sammy Sosa… I just need to know does the value increase since he’s white now. Lol,’ added a different user, poignantly.