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Bill Russell arrested for carrying gun at airport

  • FILE - Former Boston Celtis' Bill Russell watches the NBA All-Star Saturday Night basketball competition in this Feb. 16, 2013 file photo in Houston. Russell was arrested Wednesday night Oct. 16, 2013 as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell's gun was confiscated and he was released.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    FILE - Former Boston Celtis' Bill Russell watches the NBA All-Star Saturday Night basketball competition in this Feb. 16, 2013 file photo in Houston. Russell was arrested Wednesday night Oct. 16, 2013 as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell's gun was confiscated and he was released. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

  • NBA bassketball great and former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell throws out a ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    NBA bassketball great and former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell throws out a ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • FILE - Former Boston Celtis' Bill Russell watches the NBA All-Star Saturday Night basketball competition in this Feb. 16, 2013 file photo in Houston. Russell was arrested Wednesday night Oct. 16, 2013 as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell's gun was confiscated and he was released.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
  • NBA bassketball great and former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell throws out a ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell’s gun was confiscated and he was released.

Russell’s gun was a .38-caliber pistol and was loaded with six rounds, according to a TSA spokesman. He was turned over to Port of Seattle police and there were no disruptions at the airport.

The 79-year-old Russell has lived in the Seattle area for decades. He was an 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973-77.

Legacy Comments1

You'd think he was traveling through Oakland!

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