Former baseball superstar Sammy Sosa is finally clapping back at those who criticize his lighter skin tone.
In a profile for Sports Illustrated, Sosa said, “Look at what I am today. This is my life, and I don’t take garbage from nobody. I do whatever I want.”
After retiring in 2007, Sosa is now living in the United Arab Emirates with his wife, Sonia Rodriguez, and their six kids. His son Sammy Jr. commented on the criticism, saying, “It doesn’t affect him, but I’m sure he feels a certain way. Like, ‘Man, I gave so many years and so much hard work for you guys, and now you want to undermine all that because of some decisions I’m making — some personal decisions that don’t affect you at all?”
Back in 2009, Sosa addressed rumors about skin lightening on Univision’s "Primer Impacto" program, saying, “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,” Sosa emphasized. “I'm not a racist, I live my life happily.”
Of his lighter complexion, Sosa said, “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.”