Disney fires Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director after offensive tweets

James Gunn, who directed the first two Marvel hits, has been taken off the third film after old tweets covering 9/11 and rape were resurfaced

James Gunn has been fired as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after a series of offensive tweets have resurfaced.

The 51-year-old film-maker had been behind the first two Marvel hits and was working on the script for the third. Tweets of his from 2008 and 2009 were discovered by the conservative site the Daily Caller that made light of rape, pedophilia, 9/11 and the Holocaust. Gunn has been vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump, tweeting last year that the US is in “a national crisis with an incompetent president”.

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Disney fires Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director after offensive tweets

James Gunn, who directed the first two Marvel hits, has been taken off the third film after old tweets covering 9/11 and rape were resurfaced

James Gunn has been fired as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after a series of offensive tweets have resurfaced.

The 51-year-old film-maker had been behind the first two Marvel hits and was working on the script for the third. Tweets of his from 2008 and 2009 were discovered by the conservative site the Daily Caller that made light of rape, pedophilia, 9/11 and the Holocaust. Gunn has been vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump, tweeting last year that the US is in “a national crisis with an incompetent president”.

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Disney fires Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director after offensive tweets

James Gunn, who directed the first two Marvel hits, has been taken off the third film after old tweets covering 9/11 and rape were resurfaced

James Gunn has been fired as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after a series of offensive tweets have resurfaced.

The 51-year-old film-maker had been behind the first two Marvel hits and was working on the script for the third. Tweets of his from 2008 and 2009 were discovered by the conservative site the Daily Caller that made light of rape, pedophilia, 9/11 and the Holocaust. Gunn has been vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump, tweeting last year that the US is in “a national crisis with an incompetent president”.

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Boston Celtics assistant said to have taken bribes while head coach at Penn

  • Jerome Allen ensnared in bribery case, Bloomberg reports
  • Celtics assistant alleged to have taken bribes while at Penn
  • Allen, 45, was head coach at Penn from 2009 through 2015

Jerome Allen, a Boston Celtics assistant coach who previously served as the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, has been ensnared in a criminal case alleging that he took bribes from a businessman who wanted to help his son gain admission to the Ivy League school, according to a Bloomberg report published on Friday citing a person familiar with the matter.

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NFL and players’ union freeze anthem rules amid backlash to Dolphins’ policy

The NFL’s two-month old national anthem policy is on hold.

Hours after the Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players’ union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.

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Fleetwood charges into Open contention as Kisner and Johnson set the pace

• Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner the leaders at six under
• Fleetwood one shot behind, McIlroy and Spieth in the hunt

It was almost as if the clouds summoned the stars. The impetus this Open Championship arrived in the most unlikely of circumstances as squally second-round conditions formed a backdrop to a much-needed cavalry charge. The R&A, about as receptive to criticism as Muirfield’s membership might be to a lunch request from the Quakers, could breathe a sigh of relief. The third major the year, hitherto a slow burner, has a beating heart.

Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson warmed the mood of Carnoustie galleries who had been reacquainted with a cold, wet Scottish summer’s morning. Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead at six under par. Fleetwood, Pat Perez and Xander Schauffele are one behind. A leaderboard stacked with golf’s modern day royalty equates to a wide open championship.

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