​Bill Russell In Seattle After Being Arrested​​

October 21, 2021

Bill Russell Arrested - NBA great Bill Russell has been arrested for bringing a loaded gun to Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, police have confirmed. Russell, 79, was caught by airport security on Wednesday during a routine screening.

Port of Seattle Police Department spokesman Perry Cooper said Russell was detained and issued a state citation for possessing a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in a prohibited area.

“Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage,” a statement from the Transport Security Administration (TSA), released to KIRO 7, said.

“However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.”

Russell had a permit for the gun but did not declare the weapon during check-in. His background check was clear and he was released, an airport spokesman said. Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.

Russell now faces a fine of up to $7,500 in addition to facing local or state criminal charges.

The TSA recommends civil penalty charges ranging from $3,000 to $7,500 on a case-by-case basis.

The 6-foot-9 former basketball star is best known for being the driving force behind an amazing string of consecutive NBA championships while playing for the Boston Celtics. He spent his career as center for the Celtics from 1956 to 1969. In that time he won 11 championships.

In 1956, he won a gold medal in as captain of the US national basketball team.

Russell was a player-coach for the Celtics and is now known as the NBA’s first African-American head coach. He became coach of the Supersonics in 1983 and Sacramento’s coach in 1987.

A University of San Francisco graduate, Russell was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006In 2011, he was part of a group 15 people awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, for his work with the civil rights movement.

Russell now lives on Mercer Island, a city about a mile and a half east of Seattle.