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article imageNBA great Bill Russell charged with loaded gun at Seattle Airport

By Eric Morales     Oct 19, 2013 in Sports
Seattle - The former Celtics number six center was charged with carrying a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun at an airport in Seattle on his way to Boston.
79-year-old NBA legend Bill Russell was cited Wednesday for carrying a concealed weapon in his carry on bag at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a Transportation Security Administration official confirmed on Saturday according to Reuters.
An airport screener found a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun as Russell was traveling to Boston. A spokesman with the TSA said that the Smith and Wesson contained six rounds. The TSA contacted the Port of Seattle police who cited Bill Russell for having a weapon in a prohibited area, the handgun was confiscated by police and the former Boston Celtic was released.
Firearms are prohibited in carry on baggage, however they can be carried unloaded in checked baggage if stored in a locked hard-sided container according to the TSA.
Bill Russell's representative was not available to the media for comment.
The six-foot-ten NBA legend led the University of San Francisco and to two consecutive NCAA championships. He also won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics as captain of the U.S. national basketball team. In his career as a Boston Celtic Bill Russell scored 963 points playing an average of 42 minutes. President Barack Obama awarded Bill Russell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
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