Twitter users are joking about Sammy Sosa’s appearance during his recent interview with ESPN Deportes about Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2017 Home Run Derby.
The New York Daily News reported Thursday that Sosa spoke with ESPN Deportes reporter Enrique Rojas on Monday.
Rojas is reportedly the columnist who first broke a story about Sosa bleaching his skin so that it was lighter in 2009.
People on Twitter continued lampooning Sosa Thursday, with many satirizing his style during his new talk with Rojas.
Sosa told Univision’s “Primo Impacto” in 2009 that his seemingly lighter skin tone was not the result of steroid use.
The retired baseball star added that neither suffered from any illnesses nor felt any self-loathing about his appearance.
“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,” he said.
“It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some,” the former MLB right fielder added. “I’m not a racist, I live my life happily.”
“What happened was that I had been using that 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 [pop singer] Michael Jackson.”
Sosa played MLB baseball between 1989 and 2007, ultimately becoming one of the league’s best hitters at the time while playing for the Chicago Cubs.
Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire and Sosa engaged in a race for the single-season record for most MLB home runs in 1998 that attracted national attention.
McGwire ultimately clinched the record with 70 home runs, while Sosa coming close behind with 66 of his own.