Police: NBA legend Bill Russell arrested with gun at airport

Bill Russell won 11 championships in his 13 years in the NBA.

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  • Russell had handgun in the airport, authorities said
  • Russell played for the Boston Celtics
  • He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011
NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested this week for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, police said.
Russell, 79, was arrested Wednesday and issued a state citation for having a weapon in a prohibited area of the airport, said Perry Cooper, a Port of Seattle Police Department spokesman.
Russell was issued a citation and released. He had a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in a forbidden area of the airport, said Lisette Garcia, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman.
The gun was found during a screening of carry-on bags at a checkpoint, the TSA said.