Folks on the Internet are wondering when exactly retired MLB star Sammy Sosa turned into Anthony Hopkins. The former Chicago Cubs slugger was spotted this weekend in the Dominican Republic looking several shades lighter.
Sammy Sosa out here looking like Hannibal Lecter, wow. pic.twitter.com/LHEPxuEsZx
— Rugbo. (@Thaxby_Chamblis) August 24, 2016
Sosa has been dealing with skin bleaching rumors since 2009, when he first started appearing to have a lighter complexion. According to Rebecca Polihronis, who worked with the Cubs while Sosa was on the team, the athlete’s hue changed as an unexpected result of a “skin rejuvenation” treatment.
That explanation was quickly laughed off by medical experts, who explained that evenly lighter skin across the face is a highly unlikely side effect, especially of someone with a darker color because they tend to have darker scarring.