In the first half at Carrow Road, Aaron Ramsdale rushed out to thwart Norwich striker Teemu Pukki, and as Ondrej Duda curled the shot on the rebound, Cook made the crazy decision to handle the ball.
The Cherries skipper was in the six-yard box when the shot was taken and with no attempt to disguise what he was up to, jumped up to tip the ball over the penalty in the most obvious fashion.
It was a crazy decision from the skipper which left his embattled side having to play with a man down for an hour, and it sucked the life out of his teammates for a while.
And the most obvious red card in the history of football goes to... Bournemouth defender Steve Cook pic.twitter.com/nNOQKiqJFX— SPORTbible (@sportbible) January 18, 2020
He was correctly given a red card by the referee before VAR provided confirmation to the easiest decision of all-time, while Pukki stepped up to open the scoring from the spot.
Nowrich also went down to 10 men in the 76th minute after Ben Godfrey took down Callum Wilson. Referee Paul Tierney originally awarded a yellow for the challenge but upgraded it to red after consulting the pitchside VAR monitor – the first time in Premier League history that has happened.
Norwich held on to deliver another crushing blow to Bournemouth’s sliding season; the Cherries have won just once from their last 11 matches.