11-time NBA Champion and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was arrested on Wednesday evening after bringing a gun into a prohibited area at Sea-Tac airport in Seattle, according to a report from Kiro 7.
Russell had a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson in his possession while he was passing through a security checkpoint, and was detained for a short time.
The good news, though, is that the former NBA icon will not be facing much trouble for the incident. After a background check was done and officials learned that Russell had a permit for the weapon, he was cited on a state charge for having the firearm in his possession while making his way through the airport.
Firearms are on the list of things that cannot be taken as part of your carry-on luggage, however, they can be transported in checked baggage as long as they’re declared to someone during the check-in process before boarding the flight.
The 79-year-old Russell, in addition to the citation, may also face a civil penalty of anywhere between $3,000 and $7,500, which according to TSA spokesperson Lori Dankers is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Whatever the case turns out to be, I’m sure Russell will remember to check that gun in at the front counter, should he find himself anywhere near this position again.