Bill Russell Detained in Airport After Gun Is Found in Luggage

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was cited and released Wednesday at a Seattle airport after entering a prohibited area with a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage.

Russell's .38 caliber handgun was found at Sea-Tac International Airport when employees did a routine check, according to a statement released by TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers (h/t KiroTV). He was briefly detained and questioned on the scene, but was released once authorities performed a background check and proved he had a permit for the weapon.

The Port of Seattle police department cited Russell on a state weapons charge. Russell has long been a resident of Washington state. 

The TSA will also file a civil penalty against Russell, which usually ranges from a $3,000 to $7,500 fine. Dankers did acknowledge, however, that each case can vary and the penalties could increase or decrease based on the situation.

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