It seems like this was just a matter of time. Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer stole a ball against the visiting Chicago Fire Sunday, scored and launched what certainly appeared to be a pre-planned celebration, getting handed a smartphone from a photographer and taking a selfie with a teammate and several fans. The photographer seems to have been an employee of the team, to judge from this post to the team’s official Twitter account:
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) July 6, 2014
Here is the entire sequence:
Dwyer’s celebration apparently did not amuse the referee, who gave the player a yellow card for excessive celebration. Okay, technically it was “excessive,” but it was also a lot of fun and really didn’t take any more time than plenty of other goal celebrations, so what’s the harm?
The whole episode — including the penalty — was very reminiscent of this infamous NFL play, featuring Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, which took place during cell phones’ Paleolithic period (i.e., 2003):