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Hall of Famer Bill Russell arrested for having loaded gun in luggage

Hall of Famer Bill Russell arrested for having loaded gun in luggage
Former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell speaks during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington by Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights activists. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

SEATAC, Wash. -- Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded gun in his luggage.

Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security.

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's gun was a .38-caliber pistol and was loaded with six rounds, according to a TSA spokesman. Russell was turned over to Port of Seattle police and there were no disruptions at the airport.

The 79-year-old Russell has lived in the Seattle area for decades. He was an 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973-77.

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