Regarded as one of the best players in NBA history, Bill Russell, the former center for the Boston Celtics, was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday while going through security with a loaded weapon.
According to an Oct. 19 report from MSN, the 79-year-old Russell’s .38-caliber pistol was loaded with six rounds, and was discovered by TSA officials in his luggage.
Following the discovery of the loaded gun in Russell’s luggage, the former NBA star was turned over to police in Seattle.
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 played center for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969.
The twelve-time NBA All-Star was also named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player five times.
Bill Russell also won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics as captain of the U.S. national basketball team.
Russell was presented with the 2010 Medal of Freedom by President Obama at the White House on Feb. 15, 2011. Obama presented the medal, the highest honor awarded to civilians, to twelve pioneers in sports, labor, politics and arts.
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