79 Year Old NBA Legend Bill Russell Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to Airport

October 19 2013
by GSL Staff
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russellBased on media reports, it’s not uncommon for people to forget about guns or ammunition they left in a bag, especially daily carry bags, such as purses, laptop cases, or backpacks and then try to go through airport security.

However, this might be the most high profile case of it happening.

Bill Russell, the legendary NBA player, now aged 79, was arrested in Seattle after it was found that he was in possession of a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver loaded with 6 rounds.

According to CNN,

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.

Along with the state citation, Russell could be fined up to $7,500, the TSA said.

Contrary to popular belief, it is completely legal to fly with guns and ammunition, even handguns, however, those items must be checked and there are additional requirements for how they must be stored.

According to Wikipedia,

Russell is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history. Listed as between 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), Russell’s shot-blocking and man-to-man defense were major reasons for the Celtics’ success. He also inspired his teammates to elevate their own defensive play. Russell was equally notable for his rebounding abilities. He led the NBA in rebounds four times, and remains second all-time in both total rebounds and rebounds per game. He is one of just two NBA players (the other being prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain) to have grabbed more than fifty rebounds in a game. Though never the focal point of the Celtics’ offense, Russell also scored 14,522 career points and provided effective passing.

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