Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell was arrested Wednesday for carrying a loaded gun in a prohibited area of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said the 79-year-old Russell had a permit for his .38 caliber handgun, which was loaded with six rounds.
However, Russell will still likely face fines from the Transportation Security Administration as well as possible prosecution from King County and state authorities.
The gun was discovered inside his carry-on luggage at a security checkpoint and was confiscated as evidence.
Cooper said Russell was released after being cooperative with the authorities. There was no disruption to the other passengers going through the security checkpoint.
“He handled himself fine,” Cooper said. “Usually what occurs in these situations is that the subject says that they didn’t realize it was in the bag. Typically that’s what happens when you have these discovered at a checkpoint.”
In his NBA career, Russell won 11 titles with the Boston Celtics. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1975.